The Indian Navy tasted success test-firing the 290-km ranged BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off the Goan coast today morning. Sources report that the test-firing eventuated from the guided-missile frigate INS Teg (Navy’s latest enlistment from Russia, and the missile was successfully fired at the pre-induction trials in Russia), and that the high-level steering missile hit the target ship successfully. The missile shall also be mounted on the remaining warships- INS Tarkah and INS Trikand- in vertical launch mode. The missile is competent enough to carry a customary warhead weighing 300kg. The two-stage missile- the first one solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant- already enjoys the company of the Army and the Navy, and the Air Force variant is going through the final testing phase.
BrahMos missile was first introduced in the navy in 2005 with INS Rajput, and now is fully functional with two Army regiments. The Defence Ministry has nodded positively for a third regiment stationed at Arunachal Pradesh to have this missile system. BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian collaboration is even toiling to establish the air as well as the submarine launch version of the missile system, and the work’s in progress.