India is going to undertake live operational firings of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile this week. This demonstration might be another hardnosed display of its precision strike capabilities amidst ongoing military confrontation with China in eastern Ladakh.
The ‘live missile test’ of 290 km range BrahMos, a deadly conventional weapon that shoots almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8. The testing will be carried out by the army, Navy, and IAF in the Indian Ocean region.
The first test likely to take place on Tuesday, advance warnings to aircrafts ad ships in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal has been issued. The test comes even as BrahMos Land-attack missile batteries have already been deployed in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh along with tanks, howitzers, surface to air missiles, and other weaponries.
According to sources, working on enhanced BrahMos is already underway which can strike at a range almost of 450 Km. Moreover, India and Russia are also getting to set to test a new version of Brahmos, with 800 Km range by mid of next year.
The Army will be firing the air breathing missile at the Trak island in Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, while naval warships will test the anti shop variant on the high sea. The sleeker air lunched version in turn will be fired from Sukhoi flying from the mainland. With a combat radius of almost 1500 km with mid air refueling, the sukhoi with BrahMos missiles constitute a formidable long range deadly package.