With reference to the sea to sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile, consider the following statements:
|1. BrahMoS was deployed by the Indian Navy on its warships first in 2012.|
|2. The missiles can be fired at a speed of 2.8 Mach.|
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
|A. 1 only|
|B. 2 only|
|C. Both 1 and 2|
|D. Neither 1 nor 2|
Answer: 2 only
Explanation: India successfully tested advanced sea to sea variant of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise missile from INS Visakhapatnam.
BrahMos, deployed by the Navy on its warships first in 2005, has the capability to hit sea-based targets beyond radar horizon.
The naval variant was originally tested in October and December 2020 from the Navy’s indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai and Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay, respectively.
This version of the missile has been designed to launch either in a vertical or a horizontal mode from moving/stationary assets to target both land and sea targets.
The missiles, fired at a speed of 2.8 Mach or nearly three times the speed of sound, significantly increase the capability of the ships in engaging long-range targets.
BrahMos missiles are designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture company set up by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Mashinostroyenia of Russia.