DRDO, IAF successfully launch two BrahMos missiles from land and air platforms
New Delhi/IBNS: Defence Research & Development Organisation(DRDO), Indian Air Force (IAF) and BrahMos jointly successfully conducted two BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles tests on Tuesday, one each from land and air platforms.
The first missile launch was from a land-based mobile launcher, where most of the components were indigenous, including the missile airframe, fuel management system and DRDO designed seeker.
The second launch of the missile was carried out by Indian Air force (IAF) from SU-30MKI platform against a sea target.
The test conducted in user configuration revalidated the ship attack capability of the advanced air-launched cruise missile.
During the test, the missile was gravity dropped from the air combat platform's fuselage and the two-stage weapon’s engine fired up and the missile straightaway propelled towards the intended target positioned at the sea, piercing it with pinpoint accuracy.
Earlier on May 22, 2019, the IAF had successfully tested the missile against a land-based target in the Car Nicobar Islands region.
The BrahMosAir Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) promises to bolster the air combat capability of IAF from stand-off ranges.
Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the DRDO, BrahMos and Air Force teams for the successful tests.
Director General BrahMos Dr Sudhir Mishra, Defence Research & Development Laboratory Director Dashrath Ram, and Director Integrated Test Range Binoy Kumar Das were present during the trials.