In­dia first coun­try to have sub­ma­rine launched cruise mis­sile

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

In­dia, on March 20, suc­cess­fully car­ried out the maiden test-fir­ing of the over 290-km-range sub­marinelaunched ver­sion of Brah­Mos su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile in the Bay of Ben­gal, thus be­com­ing the first coun­try in the world to have this ca­pa­bil­ity.

“The sub­ma­rine-launched ver­sion of Brah­Mos was suc­cess­fully test- fired from an un­der­wa­ter pon­toon near Visakha­p­at­nam,” Brah­Mos CEO A. Si­vathanu Pil­lai said.

This is the first test fir­ing of an un­der­wa­ter su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile any­where in the world and it trav­elled its com­plete range of over 290 km, he said. He added that the per­for­mance of the mis­sile dur­ing the test launch was “per­fect“.

The maiden test of the sub­marinelaunched ver­sion of Brah­Mos comes over a week af­ter the in­dige­nously-built long-range sub­sonic cruise mis­sile Nirb­hay failed to hit its tar­get in its first test.

“Brah­Mos mis­sile is fully ready for fit­ment in sub­marines in ver­ti­cal launch con­fig­u­ra­tion which will make the plat­form one of the most pow­er­ful weapon plat­forms in the world,” Pil­lai said.

De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony con­grat­u­lated DRDO sci­en­tists and Rus­sian spe­cial­ists along with of­fi­cers of the In­dian Navy as­so­ci­ated with the project, for suc­cess­ful test launch of mis­sile from an un­der­wa­ter plat­form.

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