NEW DELHI — One subsystem failed in the July 29 test of the Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony said in a written reply to Parliament Sept. 5.
India’s Defence Research and Development Organization claimed at the time that the test was successful, and Anthony’s reply is the first official admission of the failure of one unknown system.
BrahMos has already been inducted into the Indian Army and Navy.
“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. Further development flight tests will be conducted as a measure of self-reliance,” said a Defence Ministry statement, quoting Anthony’s reply to Parliament.
The 290-kilometer-range BrahMos had taken off vertically from the missile testing range in the eastern state of Orissa on July 29 and fell into the sea, sources said. BrahMos is a two-stage missile weighing 3.9 tons and can reach a speed of Mach 3.