Indian Navy successfully test-fired the anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 1st December. The missile was launched by INS Ranvijay and hit its target near the Car Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal.
Indian Navy tweeted from its official handle on Tuesday, “Indian Navy hones its combat readiness. Brahmos AShM (Anti Ship Missile) launched by INS Ranvijay strikes the target ship at max range with pinpoint accuracy in Bay of Bengal.” The Ministry of Defence said in an official statement that the test was conducted at 9 am and that ”The missile performed highly complex manoeuvres and hit bull’s eye of the target.”
Earlier this week, a land-attack version of the Brahmos missile was successfully test-fired.
The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land platforms. It was jointly developed by the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The land-launched and ship-launched versions are already in service. A hypersonic version of the missile, BrahMos-II, is also presently under development with a speed of Mach 7-8 to boost aerial fast strike capability.
The naval variant of BrahMos missile system was first deployed by the Indian Navy onboard INS Rajput in September 2005. The ship received four BrahMos anti-ship missiles mounted on two twin-missile canisters. The BrahMos missiles provided to the Indian Navy can engage both ships and land targets.