India on Wednesday successfully test-fired the 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Navy’s latest guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the Goa coast.

The missile performed the high-level ‘C’ manoeuvre in the pre-determined flight path and successfully hit the target.

“The launch was carried out by the Navy as part of Acceptance Test Firing (ATF) of the ship,” BrahMos Aerospace chief Sivathanu Pillai said.

The weapons suite of INS Tarkash includes surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missile systems, 100 mm medium-range gun, close-in weapon system, torpedo tubes and anti-submarine rockets.

BrahMos officials said the vertical launch configuration of the supersonic missile enhances the stealth capabilities of the ship as the missiles are under the deck and not exposed.

Jointly developed by India and Russia, the BrahMos is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of 300 kg.

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