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Navy successfully tested Brahmos missile

Navy successfully tested Brahmos missile

BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produced the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms, the naval version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from an indigenously built stealth destroyer of the Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea on Sunday, officials said. A similar test firing of the missile was conducted by the Indian Navy in the Arabian sea six weeks back, The missile was fired from INS Chennai, a stealth destroyer, and it hit the target with pinpoint accuracy after performing “extremely complex” manoeuvres, they said.

“BrahMos as prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy,” the defence ministry said in a statement. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the BrahMos Aerospace and the Indian Navy for the “successful” test-firing of the missile. DRDO Chairman G. Satheesh Reddy too congratulated the scientists and all personnel involved in the test-firing of the missile which he said will add to the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces in many ways.

On 24 November, the Indian Army had “successfully” test-fired the surface-to-surface BrahMos missile that flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound. The range of the new land-attack version of the missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km. India has already deployed a sizeable number of the original BrahMos missiles and other key assets in several strategic locations along the Line of Actual Control with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.

In the last two-and-half months, India has test-fired a number of missiles including an anti-radiation missile named Rudram-1 which is planned to be inducted into service by 2022. The Indian Air Force on 30 October test-fired the air-launched version of the weapon from a Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal.

The IAF is also integrating the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on over 40 Sukhoi fighter jets which are aimed at bolstering the overall combat capability of the force.

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