The Indian Navy has successfully test-fired the cruise missile, BrahMos from the stealth destroyer INS Chennai in the Arabian Sea.
The Ministry of Defence said that the missile, a supersonic destroyer had hit the target accurately even in a complex environment.
BrahMos is a standoff range missile that is used to allow the enemy to leave the defence fire in retaliation. BrahMos Aerospace had helped build the missile, which was set up in 1998.
The missile was acquired through the joint partnership between India and Russia and can be launched from ships, submarines, aircraft and land. The missile can attack far targets making it India’s main weapon assuring the military’s unbeatable strength.
Recently, India’s arms and weapons were periodically upgraded with new technology and software. The Defence Research and Development Organization had tested the BrahMos in different situations and parameters.
The BrahMos was upgraded after it was transferred to the Missile Technology Control Regime in 2016. Now, it has a supersonic version that has a speed of Mach 2.8 which is thrice the speed of sound.
The attacking range of the new version of the missile has been upgraded from 290 km to 400 km. In every test, the software and the hardware were checked on difficult targets in different complex atmospheric conditions.
Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister appreciated the Indian Navy and the Defence Research and Development Organisation for the successful testing of the missile.
The chairman of DRDO, G. Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the personnel and officials associated with the test-firing of BrahMos and also said that this successful attempt would significantly benefit the Indian army.
In the past few months, India has been testing weapons and versions of several missiles such as the supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos, the anti-radiation missile, Rudram-1 even the nuclear hypersonic missile, Shaurya. The testing and examination of these missiles began amidst the conflict of India with its neighbouring countries.
The aerial version of BrahMos was successfully test-fired in May 2019, from the Su-30 MKI aircraft.
The successful testing has facilitated the deployment of the versions of the BrahMos missiles in strategic locations along the India-China border in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.