On Sunday, India tested BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, with the weapon hitting a pre-designated target in the Arabian Sea, the defence ministry said in a statement.
Sunday’s test came days after India test-fired an extended range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that can hit targets 400 km away. The range has been increased from the existing 290 km. The extended-range variant was tested from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore in Odisha on September 30.
“Indian Air Force congratulates @DRDO_India on successful test-firing of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai today,” IAF tweeted.
The missile hit the target successfully with pinpoint accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres.
The 290-km range missile — an Indo-Russian joint venture — has land, air and naval variants.
“The missile hit the target with pin-point 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, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy,” it said.
“BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired today on 18th October 2020 from Indian Navy”s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy,” the DRDO said in a tweet.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation, BrahMos and the Indian Navy for the successful launch.
Notably, India has now tested 11 missiles within a period of two months.
Hypersonic Test Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) : On September 7, India tested HSTDV, which is essential to power cruise missiles and long-range missile systems, was tested off the coast of Odisha.
ABHYAS High Speed Expandable Aerial Target (HEAT) Vehicle : On September 22, It was tested off the coast of Odisha. These can be used as target for evaluation of various missile systems.
Laser guided anti-tank guided missile : On September 23, It was test-fired from Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. It can be used to defeat “armoured vehicles protected by explosive reactive armour (ERA)”, according to DRDO.
Prithvi-II: On September 23, Prithvi II was test fired from Banglore. It is an indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile which uses an advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory to hit its target, according to DRDO.
BrahMos supersonic cruise missile : It was tested from a land-based facility in Odisha.
Laser-guided Anti-tank guided Missile (ATGM) : On October 1, ATGM fired from a MBT Arjun Tank in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
Shaurya Missile: On October 3, New Version of nuclear capable Shaurya Missile was test-fired off Odisha cost.
SMART torpedo system : On October 5, India develops anti-submarine warfare and successfully test-fires indigenously developed SMART torpedo system which is essential for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations far beyond the torpedo range.
Rudram I : On October 10, India successfully test-fired Rudram-1 its first indigenous anti-radiantion missile which can detect enemy radars on the ground.
BrahMos Supersonic cruise Missile : On October 18, A naval version of the missile fired from the indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai.