New Delhi: Adding more claws to Indian Navy, the newest stealth destroyer INS Kochi on Sunday successfully test fired supersonic cruise missile Brahmos on the west coast of the country validating again its deadly capability to hit the bird’s eye.
The second warship of Project 15A Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer test fired the advanced BRAHMOS missile system as part of an Acceptance Test Firing during a naval drill being conducted on the west coast, sources in Brahmos Aerospace told UNI.
The worlds fastest cruise missile, after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres, successfully hit a decommissioned target ship Alleppey located at nearly full range of the missile (290-km) with high precision.
After two successful test trials from INS Kolkata in June 2014 and February 2015, todays test firing from the follow-on INS Kochi has validated the newly-commissioned ship’s systems.
BRAHMOS as the prime strike weapon will ensure the warships invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy, Sudhir Mishra, Chief of BrahMos Aerospace, also confirmed telephonically.
The Navy commissioned INS Kochi on September 30 this year. The 7,500-ton indigenously developed warship incorporates new design concepts for improved survivability, stealth, sea-keeping and manoeuvrability.
The warship has the advanced capability of carrying a total of 16 BRAHMOS missiles in two 8-cell vertical launch systems, besides other sophisticated weapons and sensors.
BRAHMOS missile having supersonic speed of Mach 2.8, a very low-cruising altitude of 10 meters at terminal phase and pin-point accuracy, would make the warship one of the deadliest in the Indian Navy fleet.
The two-stage BRAHMOS missile has been jointly developed by India and Russia. It has been in service with the Indian Navy since 2005.
Todays test was the 49th test firing of BRAHMOS.UNI MK KU ADG 1135