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Video: Indian Navy fires another BrahMos cruise missile

Indian Army's BrahMos Mobile Autonomous Launchers (MAL). (Anirvan Shukla/Wikimedia Commons)
March 08, 2022

After concluding Milan Exercise, the Indian Navy executed another user trial test launch of their primary tactical supersonic cruise missile BrahMos over the weekend.

The Indian Navy successfully demonstrated the accuracy of the extended-range land-attack Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, which it fired from the stealth guided-missile destroyer INS Chennai on Saturday, according to the Indian Navy officials.

Indian Navy’s spokesperson took to Twitter to announce the success of the test. “Long-range precision strike capability of [advanced] version of BrahMos missile successfully validated. Pin point destruction of [target] demonstrated combat & mission readiness of frontline platforms. Yet another shot in the arm for Atma Nirbhar Bharat,” the official said.

In the latest test, the missile hit its designated target with pinpoint precision at a marked location on the land of Andaman Island. After traveling an extended range trajectory and performing complex maneuvers, the missile attained its accurate target hit at terminal phase with peak velocity. The missile’s performance exceeded the objective and basic parameters with excellent results, according to the Navy.

The Brahmos missile is the primary missile of all India’s frontline warships today. India’s efforts to front BrahMos in all stages of warfare have proven the missile’s effectiveness and superior adaptability in mission-specific terrain and tactical characteristics of particular operations.

The BrahMos was inducted into the Navy and Army in 2006. It was designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace Limited, a joint venture company created by Defence Research and Development Organisation with Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia. Recently the air-launched version has proven to be much more versatile. Unlike the slow-moving warship-launched version of the missile, the air-missile is fast and has pinpoint accuracy with faster deployment channels through aircraft for long-range stand-off kill.

These weapons and platforms highlight the cutting-edge technology of Indian missile and shipbuilding prowess, symbolizing India’s pursuit to attain complete capability to design and develop indigenous systems.

The warship that launched the missile, the INS Chennai, is an indigenously built destroyer and the third ship in Kolkata class stealth guided missile destroyers designed under Project 15 Alpha.