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May 31, 2015

India conducts first live firing of its anti-ship Harpoon missile

India has successfully conducted the first live firing of a Boeing-built anti-ship Harpoon missile from a fighter plane.

By Samseer M

India has successfully conducted the first live firing of a Boeing-built anti-ship Harpoon missile from a fighter plane.

The missile was reportedly launched from a Jaguar maritime strike fighter that flew 200nm off the west coast, targeting a pre-designated aim in the Arabian Sea.

The country had purchased Harpoon missiles for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Jaguar aircraft and the Indian Navy’s P-8I maritime patrol aircraft.

The fighter plane belonged to the IAF’s maritime strike squadron based at the Lohegaon airbase. During the mission, Jaguar was also carried out mid-air refuelling.

"Harpoon Block II missiles are capable of executing both land-strike and anti-ship missions against a range of targets."

The Boeing-built, all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship Harpoon Block II missiles are capable of executing both land-strike and anti-ship missions against a range of targets.

Designed to offer precise long-range guidance for land and ship targets, the missile also protects coastal defence sites, surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft, port / industrial facilities, and ships within the port.

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Currently, India is planning to equip its Shishumar-class submarines with the Harpoon missiles.

In addition, the Indian Navy is set to test fire a long-range surface-to-air missile as part of efforts to improve its capabilities against incoming missiles, planes and drones.

This test, if successful, will result in the final installation of Barak 8 missile on board Indian warships.

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