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Additional Test from Russia and India

Additional Test from Russia and India August 29, 2019

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, developed in partnership with Russian Federation NPO Mashinostroyeniya and Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), may undergo additional tests. BrahMos Aerospace may conduct a second air-launch test of its supersonic cruise missile to further demonstrate the weapon’s ability to fly to a number of waypoints before reaching its final destination. The tests would come at the earliest in November, after the monsoon season in India ends, allowing better visibility to track the missile launch, Praveen Pathak, BrahMos chief general manager of market promotion and export, says at the MAKS air show in Moscow.

“We might do one more test against a sea target, just to double-check the reliability aspects,” says Pathak. “Otherwise, all our tests are over and the missile is already going into induction phase.”

In addition to being launched from land or a submarine, the BrahMos can be air-launched from the Sukhoi S-30 fighter. Thus far, two Indian Su-30MKI fighters have been integrated with the missile, said Pathak and added: “Two to three BrahMos can finish off an aircraft carrier.”

The weapon is based on NPO Mashinostroyeniya’s P-800 Oniks cruise missile. The company declines to say what nations might purchase the BrahMos, noting that those countries must be approved by the government of India and Russia.

Additional Test from Russia and India

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