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Indian Navy conducts another test-fire of extended-range BrahMos missile

The India Navy has conducted another test-fire of the BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missile, the country's Ministry of Defence announced on 5 March.

The missile was fired from the Indian Navy's Kolkata/Visakhapatnam (Project 15A/15B)-class guided destroyer, INS Chennai (D65), the ministry added.

โ€œThe missile hit its intended target with pinpoint accuracy after traversing an extended-range trajectory and performing complex manoeuvres,โ€ said the ministry in its statement on the launch.

โ€œThis achievement establishes the Indian Navy's ability to strike even deeper and influence land operations further away from sea, when and where required,โ€ it added.

The BrahMos PJ-10 is based on the Yakhont (3M-55E) supersonic cruise missile, which is the export version of Russia's domestic P-800 (3M-55) Oniks. The missile has been in service with the Indian Navy for more than a decade.

Besides the Project 15A/15B vessels, the BrahMos PJ-10 is also deployed from the service's Rajput-class destroyers, and Talwar (Krivak III) Batch II frigates.

The Indian Navy announced the test-firing of a similar missile in January 2022. This test was also carried out from another Kolkata/Visakhapatnam-class destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam (D66).

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