India successfully test-fires BrahMos missile
India successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the navy's latest guided missile warship INS Tarkash off the coast of Goa today.india Updated: May 22, 2013 16:42 IST
India successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the navy's latest guided missile warship INS Tarkash off the coast of Goa on Wednesday.
The missile performed the high-level 'C' manoeuvre in the predetermined flight path and successfully hit the target
It was launched from the Russian-built warship at 11:00am, said BrahMos Aerospace chief A Sivathanu Pillai.
"The launch was carried out by the navy as part of the Acceptance Test Firing (ATF) of the ship," he said.
INS Tarkash was commissioned on November 9, 2012. The warship, along with two other frigates of the class — INS Teg and INS Trikand, has been built as part of an over Rs. 8,000-crore contract signed between India and Russia in July 2006.
INS Teg was commissioned on April 27, 2012, and the commissioning of INS Trikand is expected soon.
The weapons suite of INS Tarkash includes surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems, 100mm medium range gun, close-in weapon system, torpedo tubes and anti-submarine rockets.
All the three ships will be equipped with eight vertical-launched BrahMos missile systems as the prime strike weapon.
The new missile frigates are designed to accomplish a wide range of maritime missions, primarily hunting down and destroying large surface ships and submarines.
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.
The BrahMos, jointly developed by India and Russia, is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300kg.
The missile can cruise at a maximum speed of 2.8 Mach (or 2.8 times the speed of sound).
India is readying several versions of the missile which includes land attack, anti-ship and submarine-launched versions.
First Published: May 22, 2013 14:36 IST