Bhubaneshwar, March 21 — India successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic anti-ship cruise missile from a warship in the Bay of Bengal off coast of Orissa on Sunday and became the first country to have a ‘maneuverable’ missile for cuise.
A Sivathanu Pillai, chief of BrahMos aerospace, said: “The vertical-launch version of missile was launched at 1130 hours today from Indian Navy ship INS Ranvir and it maneuvered successfully hitting the target ship. It was a perfect hit and a perfect mission.”
He also added, “After today’s test, India has become the first and only country in the world to have a “maneuverable supersonic cruise missile in its inventory.”
President Pratibha Patil and Defence Minister A K Antony, in a separate message, congratulated the BrahMos scientists for the successful test-launch and congratulated the navy too.
According to Pillai, the software of the new anti-ship cruise missile was improved and the Sunday’s test from Orissa coast proved its capability of maneuverability at supersonic speeds.
BrahMos officials said, “During the test, the missile hit a free-floating ship piercing it above the waterline and destroying it completely.”
Sunday’s test-firing of the missile was a part of the pre-induction tests as moves by the Navy are afoot to deploy the vertical-launch version of the missile in ships.
Indo-Russian joint venture company designed and developed this weapon system.