The CEO of BrahMos Aerospace Sudhir Kumar Mishra on Sunday said that the upgraded version of home-made BrahMos missile is ready.The enhanced version of the supersonic cruise missile has a massive range of up to 500 km. In an interview, Mishra said that with this development, it is possible to increase the range of this missile because India is now a part of the elite Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
"India has successfully test-fired a vertical deep dive version of BrahMos, the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile, that can now change the dynamics of conventional warfare. The upgraded version of the missile with enhanced range of up to 500 km is also ready," he said.
Mishra also said that India is now the only country in the world to integrate long-range missiles onto fighter jets after the BrahMos missile was test-fired from a Sukhoi 30 aircraft of the Indian Air Force. Earlier in May, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday successfully test-fired an indigenously-developed 500 kg class guided bomb from a Sukhoi combat jet at Pokhran in Rajasthan. The guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target with high precision.
The Indian Air Force had also successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Sukhoi jet at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The 2.5-tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability. The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound.
Earlier the testing of the missile was delayed due to Cyclone Fani. The IAF and DRDO are planning to testfire the air-launched version of the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a Su-30MKI combat aircraft.