Indian Navy's Destroyer Successfully Test Fires BrahMos Missile In Bay Of Bengal

Ujjwal Shrotryia

Nov 01, 2023, 12:49 PM | Updated 01:11 PM IST

Indian Navy destroyer from the eastern fleet firing a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. (Pic via X @indiannavy)
Indian Navy destroyer from the eastern fleet firing a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. (Pic via X @indiannavy)

The Indian Navy successfully test-fired a BrahMos missile from one of its destroyers in the Bay of Bengal.

The test was carried out today, (1 November), from a destroyer based in the Navy's eastern fleet. The missile successfully destroyed its target with pinpoint precision.

The Navy posted on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter), stating, "An Indian Navy destroyer of the eastern fleet carried out the successful firing of a BrahMos missile in the Bay of Bengal. The missile achieved all mission objectives."

This test follows two previous BrahMos tests in the last three weeks.

Just a fortnight ago, (18 October), Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 MKI jets flew from Thanjavur Air Base in Tamil Nadu, covering a distance of 1,500 kilometres and launched a BrahMos-A missile (BrahMos's air-launched variant), successfully destroying its target in the Bay of Bengal.

Another test, occurring a week before the Sukhoi-30 MKI test (11 October), spanned two days, during which the IAF and the army jointly fired four BrahMos-ER extended-range supersonic cruise missiles.

The extended-range variant, BrahMos-ER, can strike land and sea targets at a maximum range of 400 to 500 kilometres.

These tests were conducted as part of the pre-induction trials of the supersonic missile.

The BrahMos missile, first tested in June 2001, was jointly developed by the Russian NPO Mashinostroyeniya and the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The baseline version of the missile can strike targets at a maximum range of 290 kilometres, with a speed of 2.9 Mach, or 2.9 times the speed of sound.

Since then, the missile has undergone iterative developments, enabling it to strike targets at ranges of more than 500 kilometres.

Staff Writer at Swarajya. Writes on Indian Military and Defence.

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