Missile test furthers India’s push for Indian Ocean supremacy

December 4, 2017

Nikkei Asian Review:

NEW DELHI — India’s recent test of a supersonic cruise missile is a strategic game-changer in the Indian Ocean, giving New Delhi the ability to hit targets as far away as the Strait of Malacca.

The move continues a military buildup aimed at defending against incursions by an increasingly ambitious China into the Indian Ocean, which New Delhi regards as within its sphere of influence.

The Indian Air Force fired a BrahMos missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter Nov. 22 and struck a target in the Bay of Bengal, the weapon’s first successful launch from a fighter jet. “The missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the ship target,” the Defense Ministry said…

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