A unit of Indian Army’s Eastern Command has successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Car Nicobar Islands at 1450 hours on May 22, 2019.
The test firing was part of a joint training conducted by Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force. The missile was test fired against a specially designed target chosen at a range of 270 Kms, thus validating deep penetration capability of the supersonic cruise missile and accurate engagement of targets in depth.
“The launch of the BrahMos missile involved coordination with large number of agencies for a successful and smooth conduct of firing. It was a cohesive effort of all three services demonstrating high standards of Inter Service Synergy”, said a statement from Indian Ministry of Defence.
Lt Gen MM Naravane, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command witnessed the launch along with other officers and congratulated the Unit and all agencies involved in the process, resulting in the successful launch of the missile.
Car Nicobar is the northernmost of the Nicobar Islands, part of the Indian union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands located in Bay of Bengal. Nicobar Islands is strategically located as it is just 90 km away from the Malacca Strait, one of the most important shipping lanes in the world. The strait is the busiest strait in the world, carrying about 25% of the world’s traded goods including manufactured goods from China, India’s main geopolitical rival.
On May 22, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully fired the air-launched version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.