India on Tuesday successfully test-fired an advanced version of the 290-km range Brahmos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Odisha, giving the country the capability to hit enemy targets hidden behind mountains or in a cluster of buildings with "pinpoint accuracy".
The missile travelled its full strike range of 290km in about 500 seconds to hit its simulated target in copybook fashion after being fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea, around 15km from Balasore and 230km east of Bhubaneswar, said BrahMos chief A Sivathanu Pillai.
"The test of the land version of BrahMos done with a totally indigenous air frame was successful," ITR director MVKV Prasad said.
On the increased accuracy of the missile, Pillai said: "The advanced guidance system integrating multiple navigation satellites, including the Gagan system powered with new software algorithm and developed indigenously by Indian scientists and industries, resulted in pinpoint accuracy of the missile system against hidden land targets in mountain warfare."
The missile, which can carry conventional warhead of 300 kg, was test-fired from a mobile launcher at 10.38am, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.
BrahMos, one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world, has a top speed of Mach 2.8 and can be launched from ships, aircrafts and submarines. The Indian Army and Navy have already deployed the ground and sea versions of the missile after successful launches.
(With inputs from Priya Ranjan Sahu)