India on Sunday successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic aircraft from the indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, with the weapon hitting a pre-designated target within the Arabian Sea. BrahMos missile tested from Destroyer INS Chennai the defense ministry said during a statement.
The 290-km range missile — an Indo-Russian venture — has land, air, and naval variants.
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“The missile hit the target with pinpoint accuracy after performing high-level and very complex maneuvers. BrahMos as prime strike weapon will confirm the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy,” it said.
The missile features a top speed of Mach 2.8 — nearly 3 times the speed of sound.
Defense minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development.
The organization, BrahMos, and therefore the Indian Navy for the successful launch.
India has test-fired a string of weapons during the last two months amid. The continued tensions with China within the sensitive Ladakh sector.
Sunday’s test came days after India test-fired an extended-range BrahMos supersonic aircraft which will hit targets 400 km away.
The configuration of the prevailing missile — the world’s fastest supersonic aircraft — has been tweaked to reinforce its range. Increasing the missile’s range became possible after India’s induction into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016.
Commissioned into the navy in November 2016, the 7,500-tonne INS Chennai incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, and maneuverability. BrahMos missile tested from Destroyer INS Chennai. The warship can carry 16 BrahMos missiles in two eight-cell vertical launch systems. Besides other sophisticated weapons and sensors, officials said.
Other weapons recently tested by India include a replacement version of the nuclear-capable hypersonic Shaurya missile with a spread of 750 km and thus the anti-radiation missile to need down enemy radars and surveillance systems.
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