Indian Navy conducts first test firing of BrahMos land attack supersonic cruise missile
The Indian Navy has successfully carried out the maiden firing of the BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile from an Indian naval vessel, known as Teg.
This variant of long-range BrahMos missile was test fired from the Indian Navy’s guided missile frigate, and was aimed at a land-based target in the Bay of Bengal, reported The Hindu.
The land-attack cruise missile has been developed by India in collaboration with Russia. The anti-ship variant of the missile has already been inducted into the Indian Navy.
BrahMos can be fired from on-board the vast majority of the navy's frontline classes of vessels, including the Kolkata, Ranvir and Teg.
The land-attack variant of the missile grants Indian Naval Ships (INSs) the capability to precisely neutralise selected targets deep inland from stand-off ranges at sea. The successful firing of the BrahMos missile has placed India among a select few nations with this ability.
BrahMos has a current range of 290km, and is based on the Russian P-800 Oniks or Yakhont missile.
The Hindu noted that the missile's range is being extended up to 450km following the India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime last year.
The Indian Navy successfully conducted test firing of the BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile in June 2014.
It was launched with a range of 290km from the navy’s INS Kolkata stealth destroyer off the country's west coast, near the Karwar military base in Karnataka.