The 32nd test-firing of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district on Sunday did not entirely meet its objective after it fell off after travelling 20 km in its trajectory.
The missile,test-fired by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the launching complex-III of the ITR at 10.35 am,did lift off as decided,but deviated from its trajectory after 20 km,sources said.
However,ITR Director M V K V Prasad said the flight was an experimental one and the missile tested successfully. The test was carried in steep dive mode and it met all mission objectives, Prasad said. The launch primarily aimed to test the new power systems,materials for airframe components,guidance scheme and various electric systems.
The 8.4-metre-long missile can hit a target at a distance up to 290 km. The missile can travel at Mach 3 three times the speed of sound.
BrahMos is a two-stage missile and weighs 3.9 tonnes with the canister. It can carry a conventional warhead weighing around 300 kg. The missile can fly up to a height of 14 km when fired from a ship. The missile was first tested on September 5,2010.
According to Prasad,the missile has already been inducted into the Army and the Navy,while the Air Force version is in its final stage of trial.
While induction of the first version of sophisticated BrahMos missile system in the Indian Navy commenced from 2005 with INS Rajput,it is now fully operational with two regiments of the Army.