India on Sunday successfully test-fired the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from the navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said a statement. The missile which was fired from INS Chennai in the Arabian Sea hit the target successfully with pinpoint accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex maneuvers. BrahMos as a ‘prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy, the DRDO said. The highly versatile BrahMos has been jointly designed, developed, and produced by India and Russia. Defense minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO, BrahMos, and the Indian Navy for the successful launch. Secretary DDR&D and chairman DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy also congratulated the scientists and all personnel of DRDO, BrahMos, Indian Navy, and industry for the successful feat. He stated that BrahMos missiles will add to the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces in many ways.
FEAUTRE IS INS CHENNAI (INDIAN NAVY’S STEALTH SHIP)
The India-designed ship is designed to have state of the art weapons and sensors, stealth features, an advanced action information system, a comprehensive auxiliary control system, world-class modular living spaces, a sophisticated power distribution system, and a host of other advanced features. These ships integrate many new features and involve design changes that ensure a far more advanced weapons platforms compared to the earlier Project 15 ships.
The ship’s air defense capability, designed to counter the threat of enemy aircraft and anti-ship cruise missiles, revolve around the vertical launch, long-range surface-to-air missile system, co-developed by DRDO.