Indian Navy test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile


Indian Navy test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile


Indian Navy successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, from the Navy’s stealth destroyer INS Kochi. The supersonic missile successfully hit a decommissioned target ship in Arabian Sea. Moreover, the second ship of Project 15-A ‘Kolkata-class’ guided missile destroyer test-fired advanced missile during a naval drill in west coast.

BRAHMOS missile have supersonic speed of Mach 2.8. It also has a very low-cruising altitude of 10 metres at terminal phase and pin-point accuracy which has made the warship one of deadliest in Indian Navy fleet.

It has been jointly developed by India and Russia and has been in service with Indian Navy since 2005. It is world’s fastest cruise missile and has a strike-range of over 290 km. It successfully hit decommissioned target ship with high precision after performing  extremely complex manoeuvres.

Significance of Supersonic Missile: Brahmos as prime strike weapon will ensure Naval warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges. This will thus make destroyer the another lethal platform of Indian Navy. Indian Navy commissioned INS Kochi on 30 September 2015. It is a 7,500-ton warship which is indigenously designed and constructed. It incorporates new design concepts for improved manoeuvrability, stealth, survivability, and sea-keeping. Besides carrying other sophisticated weapons and sensors, the INS Kochi warship has enhanced capability of carrying a total of 16 BRAHMOS missiles in two 8-cell vertical launch system

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