New Delhi: On Tuesday, India tested the anti-ship version of the BrahMos following recent tests of the supersonic cruise missile.
According to sources, the missile test was carried out from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region as part of the BrahMos tests being conducted by the Indian Navy.
“During the test at around 09:25, the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile developed by DRDO was launched from the Indian Navy’s INS Rannvijay. This missile has a strike range of 300 km and it successfully it its target near the Car Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal,” sources said.
The latest test comes as part of a series of tests conducted in the last two months by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). On November 24, a ground version of the BrahMos missile was tested from the Andaman-Nicobar Islands region. The missile “successfully” hit its target on another island in a test conducted by the Indian Army.
Recent missile tests come against the backdrop of continued tensions with China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, which began in May and intensified in subsequent months. There has also been a part of ceasefire violations by Pakistan across the Line of Control (LoC) in recent times and a fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was spotted near the LoC on Monday.
BrahMos is the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile developed jointly by DRDO and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. A missile that can be dropped from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land. BrahMos is also the fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation. A hypersonic version, called BrahMos-II, will be ready soon.
The name ‘BrahMos’ is derived from the Brahmaputra river of India and the Moskva river of Russia.