After ending 2021 on a high note, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) ushered in the New Year with the successful testing of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and the man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM).
The Indian Navy’s newly commissioned INS Visakhapatnam test-fired an extended range sea-to-sea variant of the BrahMos missile on January 11. “Advanced sea to sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile was tested from INS Visakhapatnam today. The missile hit the designated target ship precisely,” DRDO wrote on Twitter.
The launch was hailed as a success by the Navy. “Successful test-firing of the extended-range BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile from INS Visakhapatnam, Indian Navy’s newest indigenously-built guided-missile destroyer, represents a twin achievement: Certifies the accuracy of the ship’s combat system and armament complex. Validates a new capability the missile provides the Navy and the Nation,” it tweeted.
INS Visakhapatnam was commissioned into the Indian Navy in November last year. It is the first of the four stealth guided-missile destroyers under Project 15B, Hindustan Times reported previously.