India Successfully Tests Life Extension Technology For BrahMos Missiles

© Photo : Wikipedia/One half 3544Anti-ship missile Brahmos
Anti-ship missile  Brahmos - Sputnik International
With the successful trial of the life extension technology, the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile can now remain in service for 15 years, as compared to its original life expectancy of 10 years.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — In what could save billions of dollars in defense spending, India has successfully conducted the first life extension test of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos. The test was conducted at 10.40 a.m. (Indian Standard Time) from the Chandipur-based launching complex — III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR), near the Odisha coast.

Defense sources told Sputnik that the land-attack version of the missile system met its mission parameters in a copybook manner. India's Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman has congratulated the BrahMos (Indo-Russian joint venture) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for successful flight testing of the missile to validate the life extension technology developed for the first time in India.

 "The successful test will result in huge savings of replacement cost of missiles held in the inventory of Indian Armed Forces," the Ministry of Defense tweeted.

Last year, India had successfully extended the range of the missile from 290 kilometers to 450 kilometers and it was validated from different platforms. 

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BrahMos variants can be launched from land, air, sea, and underwater. While the naval and land attack version of the missile is already in service, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has started the work to integrate the air-launched versions of the missile in 40 Su-30 MKI fighter jets.

Presently, BrahMos travels at a speed of Mach 2.8 or 2.8 times the speed of sound. The manufacturers aim to increase the speed to Mach 7 in the next few years.

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