Indian Navy has tested an extended range Brahmos supersonic land attack missile in the Indian Ocean.

In a statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said that the cruise missile hit its intended target with ‘pinpoint accuracy’.

The extended range version of Brahmos missile was fired from the stealth destroyer INS Chennai and it followed an extended range trajectory and performed complex manoeuvres before striking the target.

“Both Brahmos missile and INS Chennai are indigenously built and highlight the cutting-edge of Indian missile and ship-building prowess.

“They reinforce the Indian Navy’s contribution towards the Atma Nirbhar Bharat and Make in India endeavours,” the statement said.

The capability will enable the Indian Navy to engage adversaries located at a greater distance as well as participate in land operations further away from sea.

The Indian Navy started inducting Brahmos missile in its arsenal since 2006. The missile can fly at speeds nearly three times that of sound and the extended version has a range of around 400km.

Separately, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the sea phase of the 11th edition of multilateral naval exercise MILAN 2022.

Overall, 26 ships, one submarine and 21 aircraft participated in this phase of the exercise that sought to improve compatibility, interoperability, mutual understanding and maritime cooperation among the naval forces.

The exercise began on 25 February. This was the first time that the US Navy is participated in the MILAN exercise.