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 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. Dr. Sudhir K Mishra, DG, BrahMos, DRDO and CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace, said.
Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BrahMos and Indian Navy for the successful launch.
Indian Navy 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 a total of 16 missiles in two 8-cell vertical launch systems, besides other sophisticated weapons and sensors.
BrahMos missile having a top speed of Mach 2.8, a very low-cruise altitude of 10 meters at terminal phase and impeccable accuracy, has turned the warship one of the deadliest platforms of Indian naval fleet, the defence officials said.
The highly versatile BRAHMOS has been jointly designed, developed and produced by India and Russia. It has been in service with the Indian Navy since 2005.