India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced on Tuesday that it has successfully test-launched an advanced version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a variant of the Navy jointly developed by Russia and India.
The missile was launched on Tuesday from India’s new stealth-guided missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam, DRDO said. twitter..
“The advanced sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was tested today by INS Vishakapatnam. The missile hit the designated target ship exactly,” he said.
BrahMos missiles are manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russia defense company. This is a joint venture between DRDO and Russian NPO Mashinostroyenia, which was established in 1998. It can be fired at both land and sea targets.
At the launch of the Bramos missile last year, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the missile was named after the Bramostra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia. This symbolizes the partnership between the two countries.
“The Bramos missiles are not meant to attack other nations, but to equip India with the ability to prevent external forces from turning evil into our territory,” Shin said at the time.
Shin congratulated the successful launch of the missile on Tuesday and said it was “demonstrating the robustness of the Indian Navy’s mission readiness.”
“The robustness of the Indian Navy’s mission readiness was reaffirmed today after successfully launching an advanced version of the Bramos missile from INS Visakhapatnam. A great team of Indian Navy, DRDO and Bramos missiles. Congratulations on the work, “he said. twitter..
A spokesman for the Indian Navy wrote: twitter Successful test launches show that the introduction of Bramos missiles “verifies new capabilities” of the Navy and “proves the accuracy of the ship’s combat system and weapons complex.”
The BrahMos cruise missile is 8 meters (26 feet) long and carries a conventional warhead weighing approximately 200 kilograms (440 pounds).
With a maximum flight distance of Mach 2.8 (970 meters per second), it is almost three times the speed of sound and can be launched from land, ships, submarines and aircraft.
India also successfully test-launched a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in November 2020. The missile’s attack range was reported to have been expanded from the previous 298 kilometers (185 miles) to 450 kilometers (280 miles).
Reuters contributed to this report.