India Test-Fires BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile From Stealth Destroyer INS Chennai

 In Defense, Sea, Air, India, Forces & Capabilities, Oceans

India has test-fired its BrahMos super­son­ic cruise mis­sile from the Kolkata-class stealth guided-mis­sile destroy­er INS Chennai (D65) on Oct. 18.

According to Indian defence R&D agency, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the mis­sile suc­cess­ful­ly hit the des­ig­nat­ed target in the Arabian Sea with “pin-point accu­ra­cy” after per­form­ing “high-level and extreme­ly com­plex manoeu­vres”.

“BrahMos as ‘prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s invin­ci­bil­i­ty by engag­ing naval sur­face tar­gets at long ranges, thus making the destroy­er anoth­er lethal plat­form of Indian Navy”, said a statement released by Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh con­grat­u­lat­ed DRDO, BrahMos and Indian Navy for the suc­cess­ful launch.

Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, con­grat­u­lat­ed the sci­en­tists and all per­son­nel of DRDO, BrahMos, Indian Navy and indus­try for the suc­cess­ful feat. He stated that BrahMos mis­siles will add to the capa­bil­i­ties of Indian Armed Forces in many ways.

BrahMos is an Indo-Russian ramjet-pow­ered super­son­ic anti-ship/­land-attack cruise mis­sile (ASCM, LACM) based on the Russian P‑800 Oniks ASCM. The mis­sile is designed and devel­oped by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint ven­ture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).

The two-stage mis­sile is equipped with a solid pro­pel­lant boost­er engine as its first stage which brings it to super­son­ic speed and then gets sep­a­rat­ed. The liquid ramjet or the second stage then takes the mis­sile closer to 3 Mach speed in the cruise phase. Stealth tech­nol­o­gy and guid­ance system with advanced embed­ded soft­ware pro­vides the mis­sile with spe­cial fea­tures.

The mis­sile has a flight range of up to 290 km with super­son­ic speed all through the flight, lead­ing to short­er flight time, con­se­quent­ly ensur­ing lower dis­per­sion of tar­gets, quick­er engage­ment time and non-inter­cep­tion by any known weapon system in the world. An extend­ed-range ver­sion of BrahMos with an oper­a­tional range of 400 km is also undergoing trials.

BrahMos oper­ates on the ‘Fire and Forget Principle’, adopt­ing vari­eties of flights on its way to the target. Its destruc­tive power is enhanced due to large kinet­ic energy on impact. Its cruis­ing alti­tude could be up to 15 km and the ter­mi­nal alti­tude is as low as 10 meters. It car­ries a con­ven­tion­al war­head weigh­ing 200 to 300 kgs.

The three-ton mis­sile can be launched from sub­marines, ships, air­craft or land-based plat­forms. The mis­sile has an iden­ti­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion for land, sea and sub-sea plat­forms and uses a Transport Launch Canister (TLC) for trans­porta­tion, stor­age, and launch.

The land-launched and ship-launched ver­sions are already in oper­a­tion, with the air and sub­ma­rine-launched ver­sions cur­rent­ly in the testing/induction phase.

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