Indian Navy successfully test-fires anti-ship missile
This missile launch is a significant milestone, not only for the Kalvari, which is the first in a series of Scorpene class submarines being built in India, but also in enhancing the Indian Navy’s sub-surface warfare capability.
Indian Navy on Thursday successfully conducted a maiden firing of an anti-ship missile from its Kalvari class submarines in the Arabian Sea.
Ministry of Defence said, “The missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges during the trial firing, held this morning."
It added, "This missile launch is a significant milestone, not only for the Kalvari, which is the first in a series of Scorpene class submarines being built in India, but also in enhancing the Indian Navy’s sub-surface warfare capability."
Kalvari is one of the six Indian Navy's Scorpene class submarines under project 75. It is currently undergoing with substantial sea trials and will soon be introduced in the Navy.
These submarines will be equipped with this anti-ship missile, which has a proven record in combat. These missiles will provide the submarines the ability to neutralise surface threats at extended ranges.
This is another achievement for India's defence forces after a successful testing of interceptor missile on Wednesday.
The Defence Research and Development Organisation said, "India’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) shield got a further fillip with the successful test of an interceptor missile."
PM Narendra Modi congratulated the defence scientists on the successful demonstration of India's ballistic missile defence capability.
Modi said, "Hearty congratulations to our defence scientists for the successful demonstration of ballistic missile defence capability. With this, India joins the select group of five nations with such capability- a proud moment for the entire country."