Today India successfully flight tested BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from INS Chennai.
The BrahMos missile was fired at around 10:30 am and hit the battle practice target with almost 100% accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex maneuvers, according to defence sources.
A defence official said, “This was the second launch of the missile from the destroyer and first test against a target. The trial reconfirmed perfect functioning of technologically advanced fire control system, universal vertical launch module and its interfaces with the ship’s systems.”
BrahMos is the prime strike weapon that ensures the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges.
BrahMos has a range of over 300km with the Cruise altitude of 10 meters at terminal phase and with a speed of Mach 2.8.
INS Chennai can carry up to 16 BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missiles in two eight-cell vertical launch systems, and other sophisticated weapons and sensors.
DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy congratulated DRDO, BrahMos Aerospace and Indian Navy and said, “The world’s fastest cruise missile BrahMos will add to the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces in many ways”.
INS Chennai was commissioned by Indian Navy on 21st of November 2016. The Warship is around 7,500 tons and it is equipped with improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and maneuverability.