The new sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was test fired from INS Vishakhapatnam.
The naval variant was initially tested in October and December 2020 from the Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyers INS Chennai and Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay.
It can be launched either in a vertical or a horizontal mode from moving/stationary assets to target both land and sea targets.
The missile provides additional operational capabilities to the Navy. It also certifies the accuracy of the ship’s combat system.
BrahMos is joint collaboration between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Mashinostroyenia of Russia.
It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.
The initial range of the missile was capped at 290 km but will soon be extended after India became a member of MTCR. It can now be extended to 450 km and to 600km at a later stage.
INS Vishakhapatnam is the first of the Project-15B class stealth guided missile destroyers constructed indigenously.