Tuesday, February 18, 2014

First Salvo Launch of Russian-Indian Cruise Missiles From Ship Successful

February 6 (RIA Novosti) – The first ever test launch of an advanced Russian-Indian Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from a warship in salvo mode took place earlier this year and was successful, a Brahmos Aerospace spokesman said Thursday. 
The Trikand missile frigate (archive)
Two missiles were launched within an interval of several seconds, the spokesman told RIA Novosti on the sidelines of the DefExpo-2014 exhibition in New Delhi.

The target was destroyed, the spokesman said.

India’s PTI news agency cited a Defence Research and Development Organization official as saying that the launch took place from the Russian-built INS Trikand warship in the Arabian Sea.
Russian-Indian Brahmos supersonic cruise missile
According to PTI, eight cruise missiles could be fired in salvo mode in future.

The Brahmos missile has a range of 290 kilometers (180 miles) and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kilograms (660 pounds). It can effectively engage targets from an altitude as low as 10 meters (30 feet) and has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US-made subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile.
The Russian-Indian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

Sea- and ground-launched versions have been successfully tested and put into service with the Indian army and navy.

Russia and India have also agreed to develop a hypersonic Brahmos 2 missile capable of flying at speeds of Mach 5 to Mach 7.

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