The Indian Navy’s recently commissioned guided missile destroyer, INS Kochi, has reportedly test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
Conducted as part of its ‘Acceptance Test Firing’, the Kolkata-class warship fired the advanced missile system, hitting the decommissioned target ship Alleppey successfully, PTI reported.
BrahMos Aerospace CEO and MD Sudhir Mishra was quoted by the news agency as saying: "After two successful test trials from INS Kolkata in June 2014 and February 2015, today’s test firing from INS Kochi has validated the newly commissioned ship’s systems.
"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."
Claimed to be the fastest cruise missile in the world, the vertical-launched BrahMos system has a range of 290km, and can carry a 300kg conventional warhead.
It has a maximum cruise speed of 2.8MACH, which is reportedly three times faster than the US subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile.
In September, the Indian Navy commissioned its indigenously-designed second Kolkata-class ship, INS Kochi, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
With a displacement of 7,500t, the 164m-long and 17m-wide warship is powered by four gas turbines with a capacity to cruise at a speed of more than 30k.
In addition to being able to launch the BrahMos missile, the ship features enhanced weapons and sensors, including the 76mm super-rapid gun mount (SRGM), and the AK 630 close-in weapon system (CIWS).
Moreover, the vessel features indigenous rocket launchers (IRL), indigenous twin-tube torpedo launchers (ITTL), and bow-mounted new generation HUMSA Sonar Dome.
Image: The Indian Navy’s recently commissioned guided missile destroyer, INS Kochi. Photo: courtesy of Indian Navy.