Brahmos aerospace, an Indian-Russian joint venture, has admitted that its supersonic cruise missile missed its target at the Pokhran firing ranges in Rajasthan on Tuesday.
A senior official said: “The missile performance was absolutely normal till the last phase, but the missile missed the target. It, however, maintained the direction. There was a minor glitch which will be ironed out.” The company said the reasons for the mal-function had been analysed and a flight trial would be conducted within a month to prove the “augmented capabilities” of the missile. “The software used for the mission will be revalidated through extensive simulations,” he said.
As part of “block II upgradation” for enhancing the system capabilities in land attack configuration, the missile was tested from a mobile launcher in the presence of army chief General Deepak Kapoor on Tuesday.