India successfully test fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

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BrahMos as 'prime strike weapon' will ensure the invincibility of the 7500-tonne warship, which was commissioned into the navy in November 2016, incorporating new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth and manoeuvrability.

A naval version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from India’s indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Chennai in the Arabian Sea on Sunday, October 18, according to defence ministry officials.

“The missile hit the target with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres. The missile has a top speed of Mach 2.8 --- nearly three times the speed of sound,” the officials said.

BrahMos as 'prime strike weapon' will ensure the invincibility of the 7500-tonne warship, which was commissioned into the navy in November 2016, incorporating new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth and manoeuvrability. The warship can carry 16 BrahMos missiles in two eight-cell vertical launch systems, besides other sophisticated weapons and sensors, the officials said.

BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russia joint venture, produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms. The original 290-km range BrahMos has already been deployed in Ladakh as well as Arunachal Pradesh during the ongoing military confrontation with China.

The armed forces have already inducted the 290-km range land and warship-based versions of the BrahMos missiles, which fly almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, over the last decade.

The successful test firing of Rudram-1 was seen as a major milestone as it is India's first indigenously developed anti-radiation weapon.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation, BrahMos and the Indian Navy for the successful launch.

Other weapons recently tested by India include a new version of the nuclear-capable hypersonic Shaurya missile with a range of 750 km and the anti-radiation missile to take down enemy radars and surveillance systems (with inputs from agencies)

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