India on Wednesday, May 22, successfully test fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy’s latest guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the coast of Goa.
The missile performed the high-level ‘C’ manoeuvre in the pre-determined flight path and successfully hit the target.
The missile was launched from the Russian-built warship at 11:00 am, BrahMos Aerospace chief A Sivathanu Pillai said.
“The launch was carried out by the Navy as part of Acceptance Test Firing (ATF) of the ship,” he said.
INS Tarkash, which is an advanced Talwar Class frigate, was commissioned on November 9, last year.
BrahMos officials said the vertical launch configuration of the supersonic missile enhances the stealth capabilities of the ship as the missiles are under the deck and not exposed.
Jointly developed by India and Russia, the BrahMos is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg. The missile can cruise at a maximum speed of 2.8 Mach (or 2.8 times the speed of sound).
India is readying several different versions of the missile which includes land attack, anti-ship and submarine-launched versions.
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