New Delhi: India on Tuesday successfully testfired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Indian Navy destroyer INS Vishakhapatnam off the Western coast. The sea to sea variant of the missile was testfired at the maximum range & hit the target ship with pinpoint accuracy Indian Navy sources revealed.
“Advanced sea to sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile was tested from INS Visakhapatnam today. The missile hit the designated target ship precisely,” the DRDO later said in a tweet. The defence research agency also shared a photograph of the lethal missile.
BrahMos is a two stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine as its first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and then gets separated. The liquid ramjet or the second stage then takes the missile closer to 3 Mach speed in cruise phase.
BrahMos is the main weapon system of the Indian Navy warships and have been deployed on almost all of its surface platforms. An underwater version is also being developed which will not only be used by the submarines of India but will also be offered for export to friendly foreign nations.
India is expected to soon get export order from Philippines for BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles.
“India and Philippines are in an advanced stage of negotiations over the sale of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. Export order likely to be placed soon,” government sources told ANI.
“DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace together have been pushing hard for exports of this missile to friendly foreign countries: for the last few months,” sources said.
The Indian government’s defence export push is coming from the DRDO stable as it bagged orders for a ‘made-in-India’ weapon locating radars from the Armenian government recently.
India is likely to bag more orders for the missile system from friendly countries as it is negotiating at an advanced stage with some other nations too.
The missile is also getting more capable due to added range and other modern technologies getting incorporated into it.
Senior scientist Atul Dinkar Rane has been appointed as the new head of the BrahMos Aerospace Limited and he has worked with the firm since its inception days
(With ANI Inputs)