The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired a naval version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in the Arabian Sea on October 18.
The missile was fired from INS Chennai, an indigenously built stealth destroyer, and it hit the target with pinpoint accuracy after performing “extremely complex” manoeuvres. India has tested 10 missiles in the last two months amid a bitter stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Important missiles India tested in the past two months:
Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV): DRDO successfully tested indigenously developed HSTDV on September 7. The state-of-the-art system, which adds up to India’s aerospace might, is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed flight which can fly at a speed of Mach 6 and move up to an altitude of 32.5 km in 20 seconds. Besides its utility for long-range air missiles, the technology can also be used for launching satellites at low cost.
Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM): DRDO successfully test-fired a laser-guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) from an MBT Arjun Tank in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar on September 23. Laser-guided ATGMs lock and track the targets with the help of laser designation to ensure precision hit accuracy.
The missile employs a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.