India test fires supersonic anti-ship cruise missile

290km range BrahMos fired from INS Kolkata

KOLKATA – India on Monday test-fired the 290km range BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile from the INS Kolkata – a new warship – off the coast of Karwar in Karnataka, Indian media reported.

The Press Trust of India news service quoted unnamed defence officials as saying that all the parameters were met during the test. The INS Kolkata is yet to be formally inducted into the navy and will have capability to launch 16 BrahMos missiles in one go when it enters operational service.

The news service reported that the INS Kolkata is the first of its class of warships in India and is undergoing extensive trials before its planned induction into the navy in July. The navy has already deployed BrahMos weapon systems on several of its warships including the Russian-origin Talwar Class vessels.

The officials said that the missile was expected to be carried by all future destroyers and frigates of the navy and it was also being developed to be offered to the maritime force for being deployed on submarines. The missile has also been inducted into the army and the air force.

The missile is being readied for firing from a Su-30MKI combat aircraft. The weapon system will also have its land version inducted into the air force. The army has deployed it in both the eastern and the western fronts along the borders with both Pakistan and China, the media reported.

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