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BrahMos cruise missile - INS Kochi
BrahMos cruise missile test-fired from INS Kochi

India’s supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos was successfully test-fired from a naval warship on Thursday. It has a strike-range of over 290 km and was test-fired from the Navy’s stealth destroyer INS Kochi, hitting a decommissioned target ship in the Arabian Sea. The second ship of Project 15-A “Kolkata-class” guided missile destroyer test-fired the advanced missile during a naval drill in the west coast.

Dubbed as the world’s fastest cruise missile, the BrahMos after performing extremely complex maneuvers successfully hit the decommissioned target ship with high precision.

As stated by the DRDO officials, “After two successful test trials from INS Kolkata in June 2014 and February 2015 and one successful test firing from INS Kochi in November 2015, today’s test firing from INS Kochi has re-validated the ship’s precise strike capability. BrahMos as the 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.”

BrahMos is a medium-range supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from ships, aircraft, or land and has been jointly developed by India and Russia. It has been in service with the Indian Navy since 2005. The missile having supersonic speed of Mach 2.8, a very low-cruising altitude of 10 metres at terminal phase and pin-point accuracy, has made the warship one of the deadliest in the Indian Navy fleet. Earlier, in May this year, the IAF successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. Also, the IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 22, 2017.

The Navy commissioned INS Kochi on 30 Sept 2015. The 7,500-ton indigenously designed and constructed warship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and maneuverability. The warship has the enhanced capability of carrying a total of 16 BRAHMOS missiles in two 8-cell vertical launch systems, besides other sophisticated weapons and sensors.

SOURCE: Business Standard

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