Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Navy successfully test-fires land-attack BrahMos missile

Navy successfully test-fires land-attack BrahMos missile

Indian Navy on Friday afternoon successfully test-fired the land-attack version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile. "So, far only anti-ship version of BrahMos had been fired by Indian Navy", a source in the defence ministry told Hindustan Times.

The BrahMos missile, which last month was tested with an extended range of 450-km from the earlier 290-km, was sacked from frigate INS Teg. The Indian Navy has six Talwar class frigates, of which three are armed with the Russian-made export version of the Kalibr cruise missile complex while the other three are outfitted with BrahMos multipurpose missile system. "Majority of our frontline warships, like the Kolkata-class of destroyers and Teg-class of stealth frigates, are capable of firing this missile", he added.

"The BrahMos Missile has been jointly developed by India and Russian Federation, and its anti-ship variant has already been inducted into Indian Navy". With a flight range of around 290 km, the Brahmos missile maintains supersonic speed throughout the flight and further leads to much quicker attacks and engagement and it also has a low dispersion of targets.

The successful maiden firing of BrahMos land-attack missile significantly enhances the naval prowess.

On March 11, India successfully test-fired the BrahMos with an extended range of 450 km, with officials calling it a "textbook launch". Its air version too is under development.

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