Indian Navy conducted a successful test-firing of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from its Rajput-class guided-missile destroyer INS Ranvijay (D55) on Dec. 1.
The test-firing of the missile in anti-ship mode, conducted in the Bay of Bengal, is the fourth BrahMos test conducted by the Indian Armed Forces in the past few days. During the previous three tests conducted by the Army and the Air Force, the missile was fired from a land-based launcher in land-attack mode.
BrahMos is an Indo-Russian ramjet-powered supersonic cruise missile based on the Russian P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The missile is designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).
The three-ton missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land-based platforms. The land-launched and ship-launched versions are already in operation, with the air and submarine-launched versions currently in the testing/induction phase.
A hypersonic version of the missile, BrahMos-II, is also presently under development with a speed of Mach 7-8 to boost aerial fast strike capability.