File photo of vertical launch of BrahMos from a warship
"The Indian Navy successfully flight tested BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in combat mode from guided missile frigate INS Teg off the Goa coast today on the 07th of October 2012, at 0700 hrs .
The missile performed high-level maneuvers at two given points in a scenario of evading detection by enemies’ radars and successfully hit the target ship at a distance of 290 kms . The decommissioned target ship was completely devastated by the huge kinetic energy of impact. By the time naval helicopter reached the target point the ship was completely on fire.
INS Teg is the first ship of the three follow on of Talwar-class (Project 1135.6) frigates namely 'Teg', 'Tarkash' and 'Trikand' . All the three ships will be equipped with 8 vertical launched BrahMos missile system as the prime strike weapon. The frigates are being built by the Kaliningrad-based shipyard Yantar in Russia, for the Indian Navy.
Indian Navy commissioned INS Teg on April 27, 2012 after the successful Installation Test Firing of BRAHMOS in the Baltic Sea on 30th November 2011.
The advanced warship has been fitted with an upgraded multi-role combat suite to make it one of the most potent platforms of the Indian Navy.
The new missile frigates are designed to accomplish a wide range of maritime missions, primarily hunting down and destroying large surface ships and submarines.
The vertical launch configuration of BrahMos the stealth capabilities[/B] of the ship as the missiles are under deck and not exposed. The Universal Vertical Launcher (UVLM) being used in these ships is also a unique design, designed and patented by BrahMos Aerospace. The same also ensures maneuvering of the missile in any direction after launch, independent of ship movement providing the surprise attack concepts to the ships.
The warship has been built as part of a contract signed between India and Russia in July, 2006. Two other frigates of the class – INS Tarkash and INS Trikand – are at different stages of construction at Russia’s Yantar shipyard.
The Yantar Shipyard is also building three similar ships of 1135.6 class for the Russian Navy."