New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Indian Navy on Friday successfully test-fired a BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile from a naval ship, putting India into an exclusive global club.
So far, the Navy had fired only anti-ship version of the BrahMos.
"The Navy successfully undertook the firing of BrahMos land-attack missile from naval ship Teg, a guided missile frigate, on a target on land today (Friday)," a naval statement said.
The variant of the long-range BrahMos was fired in the Bay of Bengal, off the eastern coast of India, sources said.
The successful maiden firing of BrahMos land-attack missile significantly enhances the naval prowess.
"The land-attack variant provides Indian warships the capability to neutralise with precision the selected targets situated deep inland, far from the coast, from stand-off ranges at sea," the Navy said.
BrahMos missile has been jointly developed by India and Russia, and its anti-ship variant has already been inducted into the Indian Navy.
Majority of frontline naval ships of Kolkata, Ranvir and Teg classes are capable of firing this missile.
The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army since 2007.
The BrahMos missile, with a range of 290 km and a Mach 2.8 speed, is capable of launch from land, sea and sub-sea pads against targets on both land and sea.
BrahMos is considered the only supersonic cruise missile in the world. The missile was first inducted in the India Navy in 2005.
On March 11, India successfully test-fired the BrahMos with an extended range of 450 km, with officials calling it a "textbook launch".
The Defence Research and Development Organisation is developing a second version of the missile with a range of 800 km. Its air version too is under development.