Indian Navy’s INS Chennai test fired a BrahMos supersonic missile that hit a target in the Arabian Sea with pin-point accuracy

The supersonic BrahMos missile was successfully test fired on Sunday from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai.

The announcement was made by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said on twitter where it wrote, “BRAHMOS, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired today on 18th October 2020 from Indian Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, hitting a target in the Arabian Sea. The missile hit the target successfully with pin-point accuracy.”

The missile successfully hit the target in Arabian Sea with pin-point accuracy following high-level complex manoeuvres, the DRDO said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the people behind the successful test, the DRDO further informed. It wrote, “Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BrahMos and Indian Navy for the successful launch. Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy, congratulated the scientists and all personnel of DRDO, BrahMos, Indian Navy and industry for the successful feat.”

Reddy further stated that BrahMos missiles will add to the capabilities of Indian Armed Forces in many ways.

Jointly designed, developed and produced by India and Russia, hence giving it the name BrahMos, can be used by the navy as a ‘prime strike weapon.’ The DRDO, in a statement said that the missile will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy.

India, on September 30, had tested BrahMos surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile featuring indigenous Booster and Airframe Section along with many other ‘Made in India’ sub-systems from Balasore in Odisha.

Testing it the DRDO had called it as “one more major step in enhancing the indigenous content.”

In fact, there has been a sudden rise in the frequency of India’s missile and defence testing operations since September 7 when India successfully demonstrated the hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha.

Similarly, on September 22, the DRDO successfully conducted flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. The ABHYAS system can perform functions like navigation, guidance and flight control.

On the same day, India tested Laser Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from MBT Arjun Tank at KK Ranges, Ahmednagar in which the missile successfully defeated a target located at 3 kilometres.

In continuation of the test, India, on October 1, again tested the indigenously developed Laser Guided Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) defeating a target located at longer range.

In this sequence, the DRDO successfully tested the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) on October 5 from Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.

The test was conducted to test the functions like flight of the SMART up to the desired range and altitude, separation of the nose cone, release of Torpedo and deployment of Velocity Reduction Mechanism which were successfully tested.

Similarly, on October 9, India tested the very first indigenously made Anti Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha. The missile was launched from SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

The array of missile tests comes at a time when India is facing hostility from China and Pakistan at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Line of Control (LOC) respectively.