India on 18 October successfully test fired the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from the navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said a statement.
Hitting a target in the Arabian Sea, the missile successfully engaged it with pinpoint accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres.
BrahMos as ‘prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges.
BrahMos as a ‘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 DRDO said.
The highly versatile BrahMos has been jointly designed, developed and produced by India and Russia.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BrahMos and Indian Navy for the successful launch.
Secretary DDR&D and chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the scientists and all personnel of DRDO, BrahMos, Indian Navy and industry for the successful feat. He stated that BrahMos missiles will add to the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces in many ways.
India has conducted back-to-back missile tests
Amid tensions with China, India has deployed a sizeable number of the original BrahMos missiles and other key assets in several strategic locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.
India successfully test-fired an advanced version of Shaurya missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from a defence facility off the Odisha coast on 17 October.
India has been conducting back-to-back missile tests of missiles. On 3 October, India successfully test-fired an advanced version of Shaurya missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from a defence facility off the Odisha coast.
The surface-to-surface missile can hit targets in around 800 km range and has been developed by DRDO.
On October 9, India successfully test-fired Rudram Anti-Radiation Missile from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft off the east coast.
Developed by DRDO, the missile will provide air superiority, tactical capability for the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter aircraft and has been designed to suppress enemy air defenses (SEAD).