India is preparing to carry out a fresh trial of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a warship in Bay of Bengal off Andhra Pradesh coast. The test is likely to be conducted on March 9.
Defence sources said though the test was planned for February 28, it was deferred as the launching platform was not ready. The test would be conducted by Indian Navy.
Preparation is on for the test with a team of officials of range safety and communications from the Chandipur-based Integrated Test Range (ITR) camping at Visakhapatanam for the mission. “We hope to complete the preparation by end of the week and the missile will be fired at the week-end,” said a source.
Jointly developed by DRDO and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia, the BrahMos missile is capable of carrying conventional warheads up to 300 kg for a range of 390 km.
The two-stage missile is about nine metre tall and weighs 3.9 tonnes with the canister.