The Indian Navy has successfully test-fired anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory.

The missile was targeted against a decommissioned ship.

In a statement, the Indian Defence Ministry said: “The missile performed highly complex manoeuvres and hit Bull’s eye of the target.”

Following the successful test firing, the Indian Navy was congratulated by Secretary DDR&D & chairman Defence Research and Development (DRDO) Dr G Satheesh Reddy.

Last week, a land-attack version of the BrahMos missile was test fired from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands territory.

In October, DRDO successfully test-fired BrahMos missile from a destroyer in the Arabian Sea.

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The supersonic cruise missile was produced by the India-Russian joint venture (JV) BrahMos Aerospace. It has been designed in variants for land and naval roles.

The JV was formed by India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPOM through an inter-governmental agreement signed in February 1998 between the two countries.

Brahmos was first launched in 2001 and since then has conducted numerous launches from various ships, Mobile Autonomous Launchers as well as Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft.

The missile has been deployed in all three divisions of the Indian Armed Forces – Indian Army, Indian Navy, and the Indian Air Force.

Meanwhile, in a separate development, India’s Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) held a steel cutting ceremony of the anti-submarine warfare shallow water crafts (ASWSWCs) for the Indian Navy.

In April last year, CSL signed the contract for construction and supply of eight ASWSWCs in a competitive bidding process.

The order for the eight vessels is valued at about Rs63.11bn ($856.5m).