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India successfully test-fired the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with 'life extension' technologies from a test range along the Odisha coast on Monday, to validate some new features. The 'life extension' technologies have been developed for the first time in India by DRDO and team BrahMos, an ITR official said.
The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher at Launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near the Odisha coast, officials of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.
Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated Team Brahmos and DRDO for the successful launch.
"Smt Nirmala Sitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos and DRDOa for successful flight test carried out at 1040 hrs on 21 May 2018 from ITR, Balasore to validate BRAHMOS missile life extension technologies developed for the first time in India," the Ministry of Defence said in a tweet.
Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for successful flight test carried out at 1040 hrs on 21 May 2018 from ITR, Balasore to validate BRAHMOS missile life extension technologies developed for the first time in India. 1/2— Raksha Mantri (@DefenceMinIndia) May 21, 2018
The successful test of the 'life extension' technology indicates that the Indian Armed Forces would be able to make huge savings in the replacement costs of missiles currently in the inventory of the armed forces.
Variants of the BrahMos supersonic missile can be launched from land, air, sea and underwater, out of which the land and naval variants of the missiles are already in service. The initial range of the 3-tonne missile stood at 290 km but was increased to 400 km by India and the extended range was successfully test fired in March 2017.
According to DRDO scientists, further increasing the range of BrahMos from 400 km to 800 km is now possible after India's induction into the Missile Technology Control Regime in June 2016.