From the recently commissioned INS Visakhapatnam, a sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos Cruise Missile was successfully tested

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The Indian Navy’s recently commissioned INS Visakhapatnam on the Western coast successfully test fired an extended-range sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile, exactly striking the target ship at maximum range.

“Advanced sea-to-sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile was tested from INS Visakhapatnam today,” according to a tweet from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

“The missile accurately struck the selected target ship.” The naval version of the Brahmos was tested by the Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai and Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay in October and December 2020, respectively.

“Successful test-firing of the extended-range BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile from INS Visakhapatnam, Indian Navy’s newest indigenously-built guided missile destroyer, constitutes a twofold achievement,” the Indian Navy tweeted after the test on Tuesday. The accuracy of the ship’s fighting system and weapons complex is certified. Validates the missile’s new capabilities for the Navy and the nation.”

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From 2005, the Indian Navy began deploying BrahMos aboard its frontline warships, which has the potential to attack sea-based targets beyond radar horizon. The naval variant has shown to be successful in both sea-to-sea and sea-to-land scenarios.

The BrahMos from the ship can be launched as a single unit or in a salvo of up to eight with 2.5 second intervals between them. These salvos are capable of striking and destroying a group of targets equipped with current missile defence systems. As a ‘prime-strike weapon,’ BrahMos greatly improves the ships’ ability to engage naval-surface targets at long ranges.

BrahMos missiles, named after the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers, are designed, developed, and manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture corporation formed by the DRDO and Russia’s Mashinostroyenia. In 2001, the initial-version Brahmos was tested for the first time. Since then, other varieties of the BrahMos have been developed and successfully tested, including ones that can be launched from land, warships, submarines, and Sukhoi-30 fighter planes.

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The first of the four ‘Visakhapatnam’ class destroyers, the INS Visakhapatnam, a P15B stealth-guided missile destroyer, was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November last year, marking the formal induction of the first of the four destroyers, indigenously designed by the Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design and built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. INS Mormugao, INS Imphal, and INS Surat are the remaining three prospective ships in the class.

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