New Delhi: The Defence Minister AK Antony today informed parliament that the 29th July 2012 developmental flight of Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile was aborted due to failure in a subsystem component which increased the missile velocity.
“Malfunction of one subsystem resulted in increase in velocity of the missile, crossing the limit and leading to aborting the mission. The defect has been rectified after analysis,” he stated.
The minister said that the test was carried out with 25 new components and subsystems produced in India substituting those made from Russia. “Further development flight tests will be conducted as a measure of self-reliance,” he added.
The missile was test fired by the Indian Army personnel. Brahmos Aerospace in a release had stated “The cruise missile was test fired from a ground mobile launcher from the launch complex-3 at about 1030 hours and all data is being retrieved for analysis…… The test objective was to evaluate some of the newer subsystems which are procured from the Indian industry as part of production stabilisation.
Brahmos Missile is a joint venture between India and Russia. The highly successful project is however criticised in India due to lack of indigenisation.