BrahMos supersonic missile
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Context: An extended-range sea-to-sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully test fired from Indian Navy’s newly commissioned INS Visakhapatnam.
BrahMos naval variant:
- It has been designed to launch either in a vertical or a horizontal mode from moving/stationary assets to target both land and sea targets.
- It can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, and land platforms.
- The BrahMos (designated PJ-10) is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land.
- Developed by: It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace.
- It is the world's fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation.
- Version in use: land-launched and ship-launched versions.
- Recent development: In 2016, India became a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), India and Russia are now jointly developing a new generation of Brahmos missiles with 600 km-plus range.
- In 2019, India upgraded the missile with a new range of 500 km.