Oct 18, 2020 11:38 UTC
  • India successfully test-fires BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

India has successfully test-fired a supersonic cruise missile amid a persisting standoff with China in eastern Ladakh region bordering the two countries.

According to Press TV, Indian Defense Ministry announced on Sunday that its forces successfully test-fired BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy’s indigenous stealth destroyer INS Chennai.

Defense sources said the missile had hit the battle practice target in the Arabian Sea with pinpoint accuracy after performing complicated maneuvers.

The new BrahMos supersonic cruise missile can fly almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 to hit targets 400km away.

“The missile hit the target with pinpoint accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex maneuvers. BrahMos as a prime strike weapon will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy,” the defense ministry said in a statement.

India had previously test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on September 30 with a domestically-manufactured booster from a test facility off the coast of Odisha state.

India has conducted a slew of missile tests recently, including that of RUDRAM, which is the first anti-radiation, long-range missile developed in the country.

The country has reportedly deployed its long-range missiles closer to its disputed border with China.

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