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New Delhi: The Indian Navy deploys short-range anti-ship missiles on its frigates and destroyers. But for longer-range targets, it has decided to equip all of its warships with the Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has revealed details of its locally developed naval anti-ship missile, which can hit a target up to 55 km away. The solid rocket motor propulsion missile will be guided by a terminal IIR seeker and hit the target at a speed of 0.8 Mach (subsonic speed). The DRDO said that the missile is being developed for Sea King helicopters which are operated from both Godavari and Brahmaputra class warships.

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The Indian Navy plans to replace the decades-old multi-role naval Sea King helicopters with American MH-60R multi-role helicopters. Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said in December that a deal should be agreed shortly with the US government.

The Indian Navy currently uses BrahMos, Russian-made Kh-35 and 3M Klub anti-ship missile variants for its warships. The navy also acquired American-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles to arm its German HDW-class submarines and Boeing P-8I aircraft.

It seems likely that the navy will purchase over 1,000 anti-ship missiles worth over $1 billion during the next five years to equip Delhi-class destroyers, Kora-class missile corvettes and other major warships.

In 2017, the Indian Defence Ministry launched first-ever tender for anti-ship missiles worth around $1 billion. It invited interest from global manufacturers in supplying about 270 combat, 40 practice, 10 training, 6 dummy and 4 cut section medium-range anti-ship missiles.