New Delhi: – India tested the naval version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile on Sunday. The missile was launched from the indigenously built stealth destroyer, INS Chennai, and BrahMos hit the target in the Arabian Sea with precision. The INS Chennai, built with stealth technology, cannot be detected on the enemy radar and the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile can hit the enemy target at the speed of nearly Mach 3. Therefore, this test of BrahMos is considered to be lethal. This is the second test of BrahMos in the last two weeks, and the army version of the missile has already been deployed on the Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh borders.
The BrahMos has been developed by the Defence Research Organisation (DRDO) of India in collaboration with Russian Aerospace Company. The concerned missile can be launched from mobile launchers of the army, destroyers and submarines of the navy and fighter jets of the air force. The naval version of this BrahMos missile, with a range of 400 kilometres, was tested on Sunday. During the test, the missile hit the target in the Arabian Sea by travelling at Mach 2.8, meaning nearly three times the speed of sound, and this has the capability of sinking enemy warships and submarines.
INS Chennai is equipped with stealth technology, and even enemy radars cannot detect this destroyer. Therefore, the test of BrahMos from this destroyer has augmented the might of the Indian Navy. DRDO and the Indian Armed forces have conducted two tests of the BrahMos missile in two weeks. Before this, BrahMos was tested for the extended range at the Chandipur range in Odisha on 30th September.
The BrahMos missiles, with a range of 290 kilometres, have already been deployed on the military bases in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. Whereas, the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, deployed on the Leh-Ladakh airbase, are equipped with BrahMos missiles. These missiles can destroy terrorist locations, bunkers, command-control centres and aircraft carriers of the enemy. Against the background on the increasing tension on the Line of Actual Control, the testing and deployment of the BrahMos missile with an extended range turn out to be a warning to China.
In the last 40 days, DRDO and Indian armed forces have conducted tests for 11 missiles. These include Laser-guided anti-tank missiles, nuclear-capable Shaurya and Prithvi, Abhyas drone for the air force, HCTDV Hypersonic missile, Rudram-1 capable of destroying enemy radars, SMART torpedo used in anti-submarine warfare for the navy and the BrahMos missile. The fighter jets Sukhoi-30 MKI, Jaguar, Mirage-2000 and heavy transport aircraft and helicopters, Globemaster, Hercules, IL-76 and Chinook, have increased their flight frequencies during the day and night. The Indian Navy held joint naval exercises with the warships from the United States and Japan in the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal during this period.