Balasore: BrahMos, a supersonic cruise missile developed under an Indo-Russian joint venture project, was on Monday successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range(ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, about 15 km from here.
The army version of the missile, with a range of 290 km, operating on the principle of fire, with a capacity of carrying a conventional warhead up to 200 kg, was test fired from the launch complex 3 of the ITR at 1140 hours.
The nine-metre-long missile could be carried aboard a ship or a submarine with some modification. The missile can fly up to a height of 14 km at twice the speed of sound when fired from a ship.
It was charged by a solid propellant and has a preset trajectory and could change its course to strike 20 km from the target.
The missile, ITR sources said, has a diameter of 670 mm, weighing about three tonnes and could fly at near surface level but that shortens its range to 120 km. The first missile was first test-fired on June 12, 2001.
The name of the missile is derived from the name of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and Moskva of Russia. The missile can fly at zero level.
The test carried out in the user-deployment configuration all the mission objectives. The missile followed a predetermined trajectory at a very low altitude impacting with precision on the designated land target, sources said.
The flight trial was witnessed by the officials of the Defence Research Development Organisation(DRDO) and Integrated Test Range(ITR).
BrahMos was currently one of the few supersonic cruise missiles in the world and the missile system has already been accepted by the Indian Navy with advance Fire Control System for its warships.
The missile was under development as a joint venture between the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) (Russia) under BrahMos Aerospace.
Brahmos is the first and only supersonic cruise missile that uses liquid ''ramjet'' technology. A two-staged vehicle, its propulsion consisted of a solid propellant booster and a liquid propellant ''ramjet'' system,sources said.