The test- firing of the 290 km-range BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile was done today successfully from the country's largest indigenous warship INS Kolkata.
The missile was test-fired off the coast of Karwar in Karnataka.
The Mazagon Dockyards Limited-built INS Kolkata is still not inducted into the Navy. This frigate is capable of launch 16 BrahMos missiles in one go after entering operational service.
INS Kolkata is currently under Project 15-Alpha series. Defence officials said that the test-firing was done off the coast of Karwar this morning and all the parameters were met during the test.
They added that INS Kolkata is a highly advanced warships and it is undergoing extensive trials before its formal induction into the Navy in July.
BrahMos weapon systems have already been deployed by Navy on several of its warships including the Russian-origin Talwar Class vessels. It is expected that BrahMos will be carried by all future destroyers and frigates of the Navy. The Navy is also planning to deploy these missiles on submarines.
The Army and the Air Force has also inducted this missile and it is being readied for firing from a Su-30MKI combat aircraft. This missile has been deployed by the Army in both the eastern and the western fronts along the borders with both China and Pakistan.
BrahMos Aerospace is an Indo-Russian joint venture and it is credited with developing several variants of the missile for different kinds of warfare. The firm is now busy in developing a hypersonic version of the weapon system.