Indian Navy Successfully Test-Fires Brahmos Missile from INS Delhi

DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India successfully test fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the guided missile destroyer INS Delhi.  The test of the anti-ship variant of the missile was conducted using an upgraded modular launcher on board INS Delhi. This demonstrated long range strike capability of the missile along with validation of integrated Network Centric Operations from frontline platforms.

The "live firing" of the missile was carried out in close coordination with the Indian Navy. The missile achieved a direct hit on the target, a decommissioned Indian Navy ship.

Earlier in March, the Indian Navy successfully test-fired an advanced version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from a stealth destroyer INS Chennai in the Indian Ocean. Earlier in January, the missile was successfully test-fired by the Indian Navy from the guided-missile destroyer INS Visakhapatnam.

The BrahMos missile can be launced from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms and it was manufactured by the BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture.

   Important points for the exam:

  • The Indian Navy successfully test fired the anti-ship variant ‘BrahMos missile’ from INS Delhi, guided missile destroyer.
  • The missile was launcehd through the ‘upgraded modular launcher’ and achieved a direct hit target.
  • It is considered as the ‘prime strike weapon’ for the naval ships as it increases their capability of engaging naval surface targets at long ranges.
  • Recently, the advanced version of the Brahmos missile was successfully test fired from stealth destroyer INS Chennai in the Indian Ocean.

   Facts to know:

  • BrahMos missile was manufactured by the BrahMos Aerospace.
  • The supersonic missile travels at a speed of Mach 2 to Mach 3.
  • Range of advanced BrahMos missile: 450 km-600km.

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