The Block II version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile was testfired on Wednesday at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan.
Brahmos Aerospace sources were quick to claim the test was successful, but the army did not appear as enthusiastic. A senior army official said, “The results are still being evaluated.”
The army’s measured response raises doubts if the upgraded version of the missile hit the bull’s eye. The missile’s previous test on January 20 had missed the designated target after it had deviated from its path in the last phase. The test was aimed at evaluating the upgraded missile’s new homing system to strike a specific target in a multi-target environment.
The BrahMos, which has a range of 290 km, has identical configuration for land, sea and sub-sea platforms. Brahmos Aerospace has claimed that the army will begin receiving deliveries of the 240 missiles ordered by it in two years. The army has made it clear that the upgraded version will be inducted only after its capabilities are validated through a series of test.