BRAHMOS CRUISE MISSILE’S EXTENDED-RANGE STRATEGIC SIGNIFICANCE IN THE ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS

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The Indian Army demonstrated its dedication to regional stability and national defence recently by successfully testing the long-range BrahMos cruise missile from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Executed by the ‘Rising Sun’ missile specialists of the Indian Army, the launch demonstrated the BrahMos missile’s impressive long-range targeting capabilities, as the Eastern Command noted in a notice posted on social networking platform X (formerly Twitter). The accuracy of the attack during the test is evidence of India’s steadfast commitment to preserving its sovereignty and promoting regional stability.

The Andaman Islands, located at the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, are of great strategic importance. These islands are very important since they are close to the Malacca Strait, which is a vital sea route. The Indian Navy has put the INS Jatayu facility on Minicoy Island in Lakshadweep into service in an effort to strengthen its operating capabilities in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The purpose of this action is to support maritime security initiatives, such as anti-narcotics and anti-piracy operations in the Western Arabian Sea, and to expand operational reach.

Concerns regarding Chinese naval activity in the Indian Ocean were raised by the timing of India’s BrahMos missile launch and the Chinese Yuan Wang-3 space-tracking (espionage) ship’s presence in the area. There might be repercussions.

In an earlier speech in New York, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar spoke about China’s growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean and emphasised India’s close observation of these developments. China’s maritime initiatives have strategic ramifications that highlight the changing geopolitical environment and India’s proactive efforts to protect its maritime interests in the Indian Ocean region.

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