First test of BrahMos land-attack variant from the sea

India Today (March 05, 2008)                                                                           Print This News

The Indian navy on Wednesday moved towards acquiring a pin-point ability to attack targets on land with its first test of the land-attack variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

The 15th successive successful launch of the supersonic missile took place at sea off the Andaman and Nicobar islands at 10.30 am on Wednesday. This is the first time a land-attack variant of the missile is being fired from a warship and also the first sea-to-land missile test in the country.

The missile fired from INS Rajput squarely hit the specially created land target created in one of the islands of Andaman a d Nicobar. According to officials of the Indo-Russian BrahMos corporation, the missile met all flight parameters during its flight where it selected the designated target among the group of targets, hitting it precisely and destroying the target with its tremendous kinetic energy.

The navy has already inducted anti-ship versions of the BrahMos on its warships including the Rajput and is integrating them into two other ships of the class. The missiles will also equip the three 7000 ton Kolkata class destroyers currently under construction at the Mazagon Docks Ltd, Mumbai.

"This mission is very important as it has established the sea-to-land attack capability of the formidable weapon system," a BrahMos corporation official said. The naval maritime doctrine speaks of influencing the outcome of the land battle from the sea calls for precision strikes on enemy command posts, airfields and infrastructure hubs from the sea.

The BrahMos being fired from the INS Rajput.The launch of the 300-km range missile took place off the coast of Andman Nicobar Island with the support of Andman Nicobar command. The command deployed ten ships, three aircraft and three helicopters for mission support. The parameters set for the mission were kept extremely difficult including the positioning of the target to achieve maximum output. The 100 per cent success of the launch once again demonstrated the tremendous capability of the weapon system, BrahMos corp officials said.

The 'universal cruise missile'-thus called for its ability to be launched from warships, submarines, vehicles and aircraft has already been inducted into the navy and the army. The air force variant will start to undergo tests next year while the submarine launched variant is still further down the road.

The launch was witnessed by Dr.A.Sivathanu Pillai CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace along with the officiating Commander in Chief of the Andman command Rear Admiral PK Nair along with other senior naval officers and defence scientists. The Defence Minister congratulated the Navy and team of scientists for the successful launch.

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  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander