Navy successfully tests land-attack BrahMos supersonic missile

  • In a boost to the precision-strike capability of hitting land targets from the sea, the Navy successfully tested the supersonic BrahMos land-attack cruise missile from a stealth frigate in the Bay of Bengal.
  • The BrahMos missile, which last month was tested with an extended range of 450-km from the earlier 290-km, was fired from frigate INS Teg.
  • “The land-attack variant of BrahMos provides Indian warships the capability to precisely neutralize selected targets deep inland, far away from the coast, from stand-off ranges at sea,”
  • The technology upgrade to the extended range BrahMos, teste-fired on March 11, came after India gained entry into the 34-nation Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016, which “removed the caps” on the missile’s range.
  • The MTCR basically prevents the proliferation of missiles and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) over the range of 300-km.

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