On October 18, 2020, the supersonic cruise missile, “BrahMos” was successfully test fired from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS (Indian Naval Ship) Chennai to a target in Arabian Sea. This 290 KM (Kilometer) missile range has a top speed of Mach 2.8 nearly three times the speed of sound.The range of the new land attack version of the missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km.
- It should be noted that the BrahMos, a prime strike weapon has been jointly designed, developed and produced by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.
- BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture (JV) between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and NPO Mashinostroyenia-NPOM (formerly Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia).
About INS Chennai:
Commissioned into the navy in November 2016, the 7,500-tonne INS Chennai is the third ship of the Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyers of the Indian Navy constructed at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) located in Mumbai (Maharashtra).
- This warship can carry 16 BrahMos missiles in two eight-cell vertical launch systems, besides other sophisticated weapons and sensors
Other Recent Missile Testing:
i.On September 30, India test-fired an extended-range Surface-to-Surface BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with a strike range of over 400 km from integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha. Click Here to Read
ii.On October 3, 2020, India also test fired a new version of the nuclear-capable hypersonic Shaurya missile with a range of 750 km through a canister launch from Abdul Kalam Island test range off Dharma, Odisha to a target in Bay of Bengal. Click Here to Read
iii.On October 9, 2020, the first anti-radiation missile “Rudram”, an air-to-surface missile was also test fired successfully from Sukhoi-30 Fighter aircraft from ITR Balasore, off the coast of Odisha in Bay of Bengal. Click Here to Read
Recent Related News:
i.On September 22, 2020 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired the Indigenously developed Laser Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun at the Armoured Corps Centre and School (ACC&S), KK Ranges in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
ii.On September 23, 2020, as a part of routine trail India successfully conducted the night testfire of its indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile which was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.
About Brahmos Aerospace:
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Managing Director (MD)– Dr Sudhir Mishra
Headquarters – New Delhi
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
Chairman – Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi