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Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos successfully test-fired from INS Kolkata

Jun 10, 2014 15:15 IST

India on 9 June 2014 successfully test fired the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from indigenous INS Kolkata off the coast of Karwar in Karnataka. BrahMos missile with a speed of Mach 2.5 to 2.8 is the product of joint collaboration between India and Russia and has a range of 290-km.

For the first time, the missile was test-fired from an indigenous warship that will be commissioned in Indian Navy in July 2014. So far BrahMos missile have been deployed on the Russia-built Rajput-class destroyers and Talwar-class frigates on the Navy.

About indigenously developed warship, INS Kolkata
Warship INS Kolkata was developed by the defence shipyard Mazagon Dockyards Limited. It is the largest indigenous warship with a displacement of 7000 tonnes. Besides, it is the lead vessel of the three stealth destroyers of Kolkata class that is being developed under Project 15-Alpha series of the Indian Navy.

INS Kolkata is fitted with 16-cell universal vertical launcher module (UVLM) that can launch BrahMos missiles. Besides, there are two vertical launching systems (VLS) for Barak SAM (surface-to-air missile).

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