India today successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg, from a test range along the Odisha coast.
On Saturday, an upgraded BrahMos made its maiden flight from a mobile launcher at a testing range near Chandipur, Odisha state, the Indian Express reported.
"The extended range BrahMos hit the target with centimetric accuracy".
This is the first test of the missile, whose strike range was extended after India entered the prestigious Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
The Army has so far placed orders for the BrahMos missile to be deployed by three regiments of the Army and two of them have already been inducted operationally. "BrahMos has thus proved its prowess once again as the best supersonic cruise missile system in the world", Mishra said.
At the time BrahMos was being developed, India was not part of the MTCR, joining the regime only in June a year ago. We have fulfilled the government's dream. "The land attack version of the missile met its mission parameters", Brahmos Aerospace said in a statement.
According to reports, another version of the same missile with a range of 800 km is under development. However, the country became a member previous year, and since then has become eligible to work with other members of the exclusive missile group to develop delivery vehicles with a range of over 300km. That would enhance India's defence capabilities significantly.