India Joins Select Group After BrahMos Launch
New Delhi: Amidst growing tensions with China, India today test fired one of its powerful weapons – The BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile.
“Land attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was fired for the first time from an Indian Navy’s stealth frigate, off the eastern coast, at a land target,” senior officials of the Ministry of Defense said.
“So far, only anti-ship version of BrahMos had been fired by Indian Navy,” he added.
This puts India in a select club of nations with such capability.
Though the Defense sources maintained that the test was part of regular exercise, the timing is definitely important after China’s aggressive moves of late.
The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operational in the Indian Army since 2007.
The BrahMos missile, with a range of 290 km and a Mach 2.8 speed, is capable of being launched from land, sea and sub-sea pads against sea and land targets.
BrahMos, jointly developed by India and Russia, is considered to be the only supersonic cruise missile in the world. The missile was first inducted in the India Navy in 2005.