The Indian Ministry of Defense’s (MoD) research arm, the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian Army have test fired a supersonic BrahMos cruise missile under “extreme weather conditions” on July 16, the Indian defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, said in a statement today.
The test launch of the BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missile took place at 10:17 a.m. local time today at a test range in Balasore district in the eastern Indian state of Odisha. “The test was under extreme weather conditions with sea-state 7 (waves as high as 9 m),” the Indian defense minister tweeted earlier today.
The BrahMos, fired from a static inclined launcher, flew in its pre-set trajectory meeting its mission objectives, according to DRDO. “The missile was tested as part of the service life extension program for the Indian Army,” Sitharam added. “This successful [DRDO] trial validates the extension and reinforces the all-weather capabilities of the BrahMos missile.”