Brah­mos fired from INS Teg

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Brah­Mos has been test-fired from INS Teg, the In­dian Navy’s new stealth fri­gate, the first of the fol­low-on Tal­war class war­ships built at the Yan­tar ship­yard in Rus­sia. The test off the Goa coast was said to be en­tirely suc­cess­ful—the INS Teg has fired a Brah­Mos once be­fore dur­ing pre-in­duc­tion tri­als in Rus­sia. Her fol­low-on ships, the Tarkash and Trikand, will also be armed with the Brah­Mos in a ver­ti­cal con­fig­u­ra­tion.

In a re­lated devel­op­ment, In­dia’s Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity has cleared a pro­cure­ment of air-launched Brah­Mos mis­siles worth ` 6,000-crore for the IAF. The air-launched vari­ant of the Brah­Mos has un­der­gone car­riage tri­als, but hasn’t been test-fired yet. Sources say the mod­i­fied mis­sile could see a de­but fir­ing in the coming weeks, per­haps in De­cem­ber. The air-launched Brah­Mos sports a re­duced booster and fins for sta­bil­ity dur­ing sep­a­ra­tion at air-launch.

Each Su-30MKI will be able to carry a sin­gle Brah­Mos on a belly hard­point. The IAF hopes to mod­ify at least 40 Su30MKI air dom­i­nance fight­ers to be ca­pa­ble of de­ploy­ing Brah­Mos. In­dia and Rus­sia are cur­rently work­ing on a hy­per­sonic ver­sion of the Brah­Mos, des­ig­nated Brah­Mos 2.

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