India Tests Sea-to-Land Brahmos Cruise Missile

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On April 21, 2017, the Indian Navy conducted the first test-launch of the sea-to-land variant of its Brahmos two-stage supersonic cruise missile. The Brahmos was launched from the Indian naval warship the INS Teg (F45) off the coasts of the Andman and Nicobar Islands. This variant of the Brahmos has a range of 290 km and is capable of reaching speeds up to Mach 2.8. According to a spokeman for the Indian Navy, “the land-attack variant of BrahMos provides Indian warships the capability to precisely neutralize selected targets deep inland, far away from the coast, from stand-off ranges at sea…. [the] Majority of our frontline warships, like the Kolkata-class of destroyers and Teg-class of stealth frigates, are capable of firing this missile.” India’s Defence Research and Development Organization deemed the test a success, and the Navy spokesman added that “the maiden firing significantly enhances the Navy’s prowess and places India in the club of a select few nations to have this capability.”