BHUBANESWAR: In a first, India on Sunday successfully flight-tested supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from the Navy's indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai.
Defence sources said the missile, fired at about 10.30 am, hit the battle practice target in the Arabian sea with pinpoint accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres.
The highly versatile BrahMos as ‘prime strike weapon’ ensures the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy.
A defence official said the mission was a roaring success. "This was the second launch of the missile from the destroyer and first test against a target. The trial reconfirmed perfect functioning of technologically advanced fire control system, universal vertical launch module and its interfaces with the ship's systems," he said.
Indian Navy had commissioned INS Chennai on November 21, 2016. The 7,500-ton warship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability.
The warship has the enhanced capability of carrying 16 BrahMos missiles in two eight-cell vertical launch systems, besides other sophisticated weapons and sensors.
With a strike range of over 300 km, speed of Mach 2.8, a cruise altitude of 10 metres at terminal phase and impeccable accuracy, BrahMos missile has turned the warship one of the deadliest platforms of Indian naval fleet.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO, BrahMos Aerospace and Indian Navy for the feat. "The world's fastest cruise missile BrahMos will add to the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces in many ways," said Reddy.
This was the 10th missile test conducted by India in the last 45 days following the Chinese aggression along the line of actual control. An extended range version of BrahMos missile capable of destroying targets 450 km away was test-fired with the indigenous booster from a test facility off Odisha coast on September 30.