Half Cousin of BrahMos - P-800 Yakhont and BrahMos

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    Russian Yakhont Missile to deploy on Syria's Coastline?

    Russian Yakhont Missile to deploy on Syria's Coastline? (old article)

    Aug 05, 2009

    The recent delivery of an advanced Russian-made anti-ship missile to Iran has Israeli defense officials concerned it will be transferred to Syria and Hizbullah and used against the Israel Navy in a future conflict. According to media reports, the P-800 Yakhont, the supersonic cruise missile can be launched from the coast and hit sea-borne targets up to 300 kilometers away. The missile carries a 200-kilogram warhead and flies a meter-and-a-half above sea level, making it extremely difficult to intercept.

    The supersonic P-800 Yakhont (Gem) is a ramjet version of P-80 Zubr (SS-N-7 Starbright). The ship, submarine and coastal-launched Yakhont is launched from the unified ampoule-shaped transport-launching container (TLC). The container is 9 m long, 10.71m in diameter. The firing range reaches 300 km (162 nmi.) when flying along a combined trajectory and 120 kg (265 lb.) when following only a low-altitude trajectory. Flight speed varying over the range from M=2.0 to M=2.5 is provided by the kerosene-fueled multi-mode liquid-fuel ramjet. The P-800 Bolid is the encapsulated, submarine launched version of Yakhont. An air-launched version of the missile with the take-off weight of 2,500 kg (5,507 lb.) is also being developed. The closest American counterparts, the Tomahawk and Harpoon missiles, are subsonic; the best French antiship missile, the Exocet, has a range of only 45 miles.

    Although its performance looks good on paper, these types of missiles lack sophisticated targeting capability since they need accurate targeting data to be provided from a great distance (hundreds of kilometers away) to operate effectively. While this is more feasible for air-launched operating schemes, the likelihood of the missile acquiring the correct target from this range is questionable, particularly under complex electronic warfare environment.

    When engaging smaller targets, in open sea crowded with commercial shipping, such as the Eastern Med - this missile could be quite a serious threat to civilian vessels but is less likely to defeat protected, prepared and properly responding military vessels. Since the missile closes-in on its target at supersonic speed, the most likely line of defense against it are 'soft kill' ECM. Engagement by close-in weapon systems (CIWS) or point defense missiles which are effective against high subsonic missiles (such as C-802, Exocet or Harpoon) could be too late for active defense. However, being able to engage such threats from extended range, by defensive systems, such as the Standard SM-2/3 or IAI/Barak 8 will be very effective. :hmm:

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    Russia’s Missile Sale to Indonesia Upsets DRDO(another old article)
    19 Juli 2008

    NEW DELHI, JULY 19: Moscow’s decision to sell anti-ship cruise missiles to Indonesia without keeping Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace in the loop has left many red faces at DRDO, the equal Indian partner in the company. Apart from looking at Moscow’s proposed sale, as well as outside contractual bounds, DRDO is concerned that the sale would eat into the BrahMos missile’s market and therefore affect profits even before the missile has made its first sale abroad.

    While the DRDO responded to a detailed questionnaire sent by The Indian Express by saying that its chief M Natarajan was ‘‘not going to Russia concerning the sale of any missile’’, top sources have confirmed that Natarajan is leaving for Moscow on July 19, and his agenda there includes sorting out this new disagreement.

    When asked about Russia’s sale to Indonesia, and the fact that it was not being routed through BrahMos Aerospace as is stipulated in the terms and conditions of the joint venture, DRDO simply provided a definition of what BrahMos Aerospace does ‘‘concerned with the sale of BrahMos missile.’’

    Last month, Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt first conveyed DRDO’s anxieties when he met Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov in Moscow. BrahMos Aerospace Managing Director and DRDO Chief Controller (missiles) A Sivathanu Pillai also made known India’s concerns to Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister Mikhail Dmitriyev. Pillai could not be reached for comment. DRDO perceives Moscow’s move to sell Yakhont missiles -- the prototype on which the BrahMos was developed -- to be inexplicable, since the programme was specifically entered into to ‘‘deploy BrahMos missile system in the Indian and Russian armed forces and also to export to friendly countries.’’

    Sources said Moscow has justified the sale by indicating that talks with Indonesia have been on for three years.

    Late last month PM Manmohan Singh visited the BrahMos Aerospace complex in the Delhi cantonment and exhorted the missile’s ‘‘immense export potential’’, a visit where he also made it a point to call Russia a ‘‘traditional and trusted supplier of defence systems.’’

    DEFENSE STUDIES: Rudal Yakhont untuk Indonesia (Indian Express link not working)
     
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    Indonesian Navy TNI-AL Launched Yakhont 21 April 2011

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    Yakhont Russian-made missile has a range of 300 km, speed 2 mach with specification 8900mm long, 720mm diameter, weighs 3000 kg.
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    Navy also launched another missile with the same target

    VIVAnews - missile (missile) Yakhont Navy property purchased from the Russians succeeded in carrying out its functions in the trial in the Indonesian Ocean.

    The missile, which has a speed of 2 Mach (or the equivalent of twice the speed of sound), with a maximum range of 300 km and 300 kg explosive power was successfully sunk former warship KRI Teluk Bayur-502 made ​​in the United States at a distance of 250 km.

    "In today's Navy successfully fired a missile Yakhont and declared the former Gulf Bayur sinking ship," said Chief of Naval Information Centre Rear Admiral Iskandar Sitompul told the press on top of KRI Surabaya-591 in the Indian Ocean, Wednesday, April 20, 2011.


    Test firing of missiles Yakhont KRI Oswald Siahaan-354 in the waters of the Indian Ocean, on Wednesday (20 / 4). Yakhont Russian-made missile has a range of 300 km with a cruising speed of mach 2, 300 kg explosive power, flying height of 14,000 meters and is equipped with supersonic ramjet booster equipment. (photo: Between-Prasetyo Utomo)

    Yakhont missile fired from KRI Oswald Siahaan-354 (type Watchtower Missile Destroyer class frigate Van Speijk) around 10:30 noon.

    All journalists from various media who participated in the group KRI Surabaya-591 missile firing directly documenting Yakhont by KRI Oswald Siahaan-354.

    Demonstration starts with a few maneuvers and demonstrations carried a warning that OWA KRI-354 to the target. Then, in the end missile scored.Listen
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    With super speed and noise, Yakhont missiles hurtling towards a target in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Only a matter of seconds, the flash of missing missiles.

    With the distance of fire that reached 250 km, not allowing the media, officials and crew of the Navy warship KRI Surabaya-591 missiles to see first hand the KRI Teluk Yakhort meluluhlantahkan Bayur-502.

    In addition Yakhont missile launch, the Navy also launched another missile with the same goals. The missile is, Excocet MM 40 and French-made Mistral was launched KRI Sultan Hassanudin-366. As well as the Sea Cat is scored by KRI Karel Satsuit Tubun-356...................

    THIETRE, BLOG.: Indonesian Navy TNI-AL Launched Yakhont 21 April 2011
     
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    I just wonder why Indian media stress the term 'BrahMos, worlds only super sonic cruise missile' :shocked:
     
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    Yakhont Vs BrahMos pictures
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    Oniks/Onyx is the Russian version of the missile, while Yakhont is an export version of Onyx,
    I dont have details but Yakhont is probably a downgraded export version of Onyx, while BrahMos is an Indian version of the commercial Yakhont.

    While India is in the process of inducting submarine launch version of BrahMos, Russia is probably arming it Graney Class submarine with P-800 Onyx.
    The Graney Class submarine is armed with P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles. - Image - Naval Technology

    P-800 Onyx might have a longer range then its export siblings including BrahMos :truestory:

    This may indicate that a Hypersonic BrahMos II maybe some strapped down version of Russian origin Hypersonic Cruise Missile Programme.
     
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    Because Pillai himself claims that every other day. It is a deeply flawed assumption.

    Most definitely.
     
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    But it remains world's fastest, throughout its flight envelope, right ?
     
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    But maybe it is a win-win game, as India have learned how to fire up a missile from underwater, the k-15 ballistic missile and when the air launched version would be available it may also work as a platform to launch Nirbhay air launched, Russia get the much needed funding for R&D to update and to sell its products while India is benefited technically.

    BrahMos may be a new generation of Yakhont Missile system for commercial market and Indian defence force, while the know about would help both Russia and India and basically India in technically know how.

    maybe...
     
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    Russia had india finance brahmos with the belief that it would be jointly exported but russia
    Had no intentions of exporting brahmos that would cut into their cruise missiles exports tbey
    Are also hesitant to induct brahmos.
     
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    Yeah, they don't have any need for Brahmos (they have the original) & due to different offensive tactics. But as far as promoting export is concerned, it is all Russian internal politics. Like Sukhoi bureau has traditionally been much more powerful than the Mikoyan & so on. Brahmos, due to its uniqueness & cost might not have enough takers who are willing & capable to pay. So, yes; offering missiles which perform identical functions at somewhat lower costs definitively eats into our export pie.

    But, India can always be aggressive. Offer a few subsidized samples to like minded nations like Vietnam, provided Russians are on-board.
     
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    India can export shaurya scaled down a better missile.The one thing that worries me about brahmos
    Is pillai has put it as the.platform for land air and sea I would have preferred an indigenous
    Missile having this crown not something in the hands of fickle greedy Russians.
     
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    EXPLAINED – HOW THE US NAVY CAN SHOOT DOWN THE DEADLY BRAHMOS MISSILE



    This is the third part of the series. We have covered introduction and detection of anti-ship missiles in general in the earlier articles. We strongly suggest you to read those 2 articles before proceeding with this as it will give you a better idea of what is explained here. In this article we will specifically deal with shooting down the famous Indo-Russian Anti Ship missile, the BrahMos. This missile has been chosen as it is currently the fastest and probably the deadliest anti-ship missile in service. The Russian variant of BrahMos is called Onyx and the export variant is called Yakhont. Its NATO reporting name is SS-N-26 Stallion.

    Do note that no classified information is revealed in this analysis and all the data used are publicly released figures. The analysis uses logic, physics and mathematics with the available data in order to present a general idea of how it will be to face BrahMos and measures to counter it.

    The main advantages of BrahMos are

    Mach 3 (2500-3000 km/hr) speed (which makes it very difficult to detect and track)
    300 kg Semi-Armor piercing warhead (which causes massive damage upon impact)
    Very high kinetic energy on impact (which disintegrates smaller ships and cripples larger ones)
    S-manoeuver just a few seconds before impact (which makes interception very difficult)
    300 km range in Hi-Lo altitude profile
    400+ km range in Hi-altitude profile
    No wings (makes it harder to shoot down as winged missiles plunge into water after suffering wing damage)
    The main disadvantages of BrahMos are

    Only 120 km range when using Lo-altitude sea-skimming profile
    Not intelligent ( can’t take evasive measures on its own to avoid interceptor missiles and follows predetermined path)
    There is a lot of rumor that the BrahMos is impossible to shoot down. This is mainly due to the fact that NATO missile defense systems were prepared to handle Mach 1-1.5 speed Anti-Ship missiles which Russia possessed during the Cold War. But after the Mach 2-3 speed Onyx/BrahMos was developed, it surprised the western world and it is unknown what specific measures have been taken to handle this supersonic threat. But the US Navy is well prepared to protect its fleet from such a threat. The stages involved in shooting down Onyx/BrahMos using modern anti-missile systems will be explained.



    Burkes of the US Navy during a SAM firing exercise

    LONG RANGE SAM

    The best part of using a long range SAM to defend a ship is that you can shoot the AShM launch platform itself (aircraft) before it can fire missiles at you! Since you eliminate the source of the threat, you ensure safety of the fleet. Long range SAM systems are those which fall in the 80-250 km category like SM-2, SM-6, Aster 30, HQ-9, SA-N-6 Grumble (Naval S300), 9M96E (Naval S400). But let’s consider the SAMs which are most likely to face the BrahMos.

    The US Navy uses the SM-2 as its standard long range SAM on its destroyers. It has a range of 90+ km and uses a semi-active homing radar seeker which means that the mechanically scanning illuminators on board the warships should provide them with guidance. This proves to be a handicap as a Burke carries 3 centrally mounted SPG-62 illuminators which will find it difficult to deal with a multi directional missile attack. Normally, once the missile is detected at longer ranges if its following a high altitude profile, multiple SM-2 missiles are launched to counter the threat. 2-3 SAMs are fired against subsonic threats, so it is safe to assume that 4-5 SAMs will be fired at a single incoming BrahMos missile. Again, the SM-2 wasn’t designed to handle a missile flying at 3 times the speed of sound but designed to handle Soviet missiles flying at 1-1.5 times the speed of sound. So it’s going to be a very difficult task to shoot down BrahMos, as the attacking party will launch the BrahMos ideally 120 km away from the Burke to ensure a complete sea-skimming flight and to delay detection. The SM-6 is however is a different case and can intercept supersoonic missiles at sea-skimming altitudes and high altitudes as well. This will be a key weapon for the US Navy to defens its fleet against missiles like the BrahMos.


    SM-2 being launched from the Mk41 VLS
    MEDIUM RANGE SAM


    A Burke with its Octagonal SPY-1 radar visible
    Let us consider a scenario in which a Burke class destroyer escorting a carrier battle group (CBG) is faced with a swarm of 8 BrahMos/Yakhont Anti-Ship missiles. Once the missiles are detected by the AWACS at 150+ km from the ship, the usual procedure would be to direct fighter jets from a nearby carrier towards the missile to shoot it down. But in this case, the missile is traveling at 3 times the speed of sound. Fighter jets will have 1/3 the time to react when compared to facing subsonic missiles. Hence the chances of a successful shoot down by fighters is less. But if we consider a solitary destroyer acting on its own, then the BrahMos will be detected at about 25-30 km from the ship. Considering a salvo of 8 BrahMos and that the missile travels at 1km/sec, the Burke has about 25-30 seconds to react. Launching long range missiles would be futile at this point because the missiles are closing in on the ship fast. The Medium range option available on the Burke is the 50 km range Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) which is quad packed and hence large quantities are available. This is very useful as one cell packs 4 MR-SAM compared to 1 LR-SAM. While intercepting supersonic anti-ship missiles, a large number of SAMs are fired to ensure successful interception. So in this case, we can consider about 16-24 ESSM ripple fired from the Burke towards the incoming missiles. We have 4 SAMs targeting each BrahMos missile and the probability of interception is ‘theoretically’ 100%. Practically, the BrahMos may break through these defenses.


    Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM)
    But there’s a big flaw in this if you haven’t noticed. Firing 24 ESSM takes 24 seconds, 4 ESSM target 1 BrahMos, so 24 of these can target 6 BrahMos and by that time the last few ESSM have been fired, there are still 2 BrahMos missiles left untargeted and speeding towards the Burke. So what’s the flaw? Think ……….If 16 BrahMos missiles (the capacity of new gen Russian frigates and Indian destroyers) were fired instead of 8, the defense of the Burke would be saturated if it’s operating alone. The Phalanx CIWS and Softkill countermeasures would probably manage to counter 2 more BrahMos, but then you have 6 remaining supersonic anti-ship missiles with 300 kg semi-armor piercing warheads ramming at full speed into a 9000 ton destroyer. Hence we can assume the saturation limit for a single Burke stands at 12 BrahMos missiles. So if it goes one on one with a Russian frigate or Indian destroyer carrying 16 BrahMos, it’s not returning home.



    US Navy Carrier Battle Group

    So what did we learn from this? We learnt that if a ship possesses purely medium range SAM systems, its chances of survival are very low in a modern conflict. If it faces a missile like BrahMos, its chances reduced threefold. Hence many navies are opting for a layered defense system with AEW systems to protect their expensive warships. But there will be another doubt in your mind once you’ve read this. You’ll wonder how the AEGIS, which is the best in the world can’t deal with 20-30 missiles like BrahMos, and is the US Navy leaving its ships vulnerable to threats like these. The answer is yes and no. YES, The AEGIS is the best in the world because it can combine data from every ship and aircraft radar in the fleet ad draw a big picture of the surrounding airspace. It gets early data from E-2 aircraft which enables it to intercept missiles 100+ km from the fleet. And NO because even the worlds most advanced anti-missile system has a saturation limit. The exact value is not disclosed for obvious reasons, but considering a CBG will have 3 AEGIS equipped escorts in wartime, 48 fighters with 8 on Combat Air Patrol (CAP)and 2 E-2s will be airborne for providing Over The Horizon (OTH) radar coverage, the saturation limit for this CBG will be around 64 BrahMos missiles. The 300 km range of the BrahMos in mixed altitude flight and 120 km range in low altitude flight means that it cannot be fired from beyond the radar coverage of the CBG. Hence the deadliest delivery platform will be Russian Yasen subs which carry 32 Yakhont/BrahMos and can fire them while submerged. Now that we dealt with BrahMos against the famous AEGIS equipped Burke, let us see how other anti-missile systems fare against it.



    INS Kolkata carries 16 BrahMos and 32 Barak-8

    There is one specific missile which has been designed from scratch to shoot down BrahMos. It’s the Indo-Israeli Barak-8 SAM. This missile was primarily developed by Israel to equip its warships to protect them from the Yakhont missiles which its neighbor was procuring. Israeli ships carried only short range SAMs and didn’t have modern radars capable of handling a dedicated attack by its enemies using Yakhont missiles. The answer to this problem was the extremely agile and accurate Barak-8 which packed the best available technology into a medium sized missile. Since it was developed with Indian assistance, I assume that India would have provided classified data about BrahMos so that Barak-8 can be made into the ultimate missile killer for the Indian and Israeli Navy. With a max range of 70 km, it operates in conjunction with the MF-STAR radar which can detect sea skimming missiles at 30-35 km range. It combined a medium range and short range missile into one missile, having a minimum engagement range of just 300 m and max of 70 km. There are claims that a single Barak-8 can stop a BrahMos as close as 500 m from a ship. One of the reasons behind the claims is that the Barak-8 is very accurate and has an active homing radar seeker, 8which enables the ship to technically forget about the missile after its launch and the missile finds the target on its own although the ship does provide guidance and mid-course updates. Since the Barak-8 can have a continuous lock on the incoming missile with its own radar and the MF-STAR can guide 24 Barak-8 missiles to 12 targets simultaneously, the saturation limit for a Kolkata class destroyer against the BrahMos stands at 12 missiles. This however is a contradiction in itself as the Kolkata class carries the BrahMos as well as the Barak-8. This means that the Indian Navy deploys the poison and the antidote on the same platform.

    From the above analysis, don’t jump to the conclusion that the Kolkata class is equal to the Burke in missile defense role. Since the Kolkata carries just 32 Barak-8 and Burke carries 96 SAMs which can be increased to 192+ by quadpacking ESSM, the Burke equals Kolkata in the saturation missile defense role against BrahMos only. The superior load of the Burke allows it to withstand sustained missile attacks with its massive missile load. The Burke has advantages and can shoot down missiles at 200 km range when paired with AEW assets, but the Kolkata cant. In this analysis, both are considered equal as we are dealing solely with the BrahMos missile against solitary warships.

    SHORT RANGE (POINT DEFENSE) SAM

    If you are in a situation where you have to use a short range SAM to shoot down an anti-ship missile, then you’re already in deep trouble. It means that the hostile incoming missile has managed to evade the umbrella of defense provided by longer range SAMs. Hence they form the last line of defense. The target ship has around 5-10 seconds to react if it’s a supersonic AShM and around 20-30 seconds to react if it’s a subsonic AShM because the range of these SAMs is in the 10-15 km category. A volley of 8-12 point defense SAMs are usually fired in order to shoot down 2-3 incoming AShMs. Since the AShMs are very close to the ship, there’s no second chance available to defend itself and so the target ship fires as many missiles as possible to defend itself in this do or die situation. The popular SR-SAM systems are RAM, Barak-1, Crotale, Gauntlet (Naval Tor) etc.


    Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM)
    So how does a ship defend itself against BrahMos using short range SAM systems? If these systems are part of a layered defense system, then they have to deal with only 1 or 2 missiles as the remaining BrahMos would have been neutralized by the longer ranged systems. This is a relatively simple task for systems like the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) or Barak-1 which are designed to kill sea skimming supersonic missiles. But even these can’t handle more then 2-3 BrahMos on their own as they have a range of 10 km which gives them just a few seconds to react ad only a few missiles can be fired in that time.

    So if you’re on a warship which has only a short range SAM system for defense, and more than 2 BrahMos missiles are fired at you, your future is bleak. Your only hope is to close your eyes and accept the inevitable.

    ANTI-MISSILE GUNS

    Guns are extremely popular in modern day air defense systems due to their quick reaction times and the ability to shoot down targets at very short ranges. Most modern navies use Close in Weapon Systems (CIWS) which consists of a high rate of fire gun acting on its own or combined with short range SAM systems. Currently, the US Navy deploys Phalanx CIWS on all its destroyers. It is a closed loop system, with the search-tracking radar and the 20 mm Gatling gun and ammunition combined into a self-sustained system. It has a max range of 3 km and an effective range of 1.5 km when dealing with low flying cruise missiles. If it faces a single BrahMos which has bypassed other missile defense layers, the radar of the Phalanx locks on to the BrahMos and unleashes a torrent of 20 mm depleted uranium projectiles which should shred the BrahMos easily. But, that’s not going to happen. The Phalanx fires at 3000 rounds per minute which translates into 50 rounds per second. Since the BrahMos flies at 1 km per sec and the effective range of Phalanx is 1.5 km, it has just 1.5 seconds to shoot down the BrahMos when the BrahMos is 1.5 km away from the ship. And since BrahMos is travelling so fast, if you shoot it less than 500 km away from you ship, its fragments will still strike your ship at high speeds and cause damage. So BrahMos has to be engaged between 500 m and 1.5 km by the Phalanx. This gives it a total firing time of 1 second. And since it needs half a second to reach full rate of fire, only around 40 rounds can be fired in that time.


    Phalanx CIWS
    It doesn’t end here, BrahMos performs an S-manoeuver in its final few km of flight. This makes it extremely difficult for Phalanx to get a lock on BrahMos. It will have less than 2 seconds to lock on to a maneuvering target flying at 3 times the speed of sound. It is practically impossible for the Phalanx to shoot down BrahMos. Hence the US navy is replacing it with RAM on its bigger warships as it triples the range and gives a better chance of survival for a warship. But there is no RAM on Burkes and they have a single Phalanx only. The older variants have 2, but it’s not like it makes much of a difference. Phalanx is useful against subsonic targets and supersonic ones travelling at Mach 1-1.5. Against BrahMos, it’s useless.

    The US Navy is working on a solution to this already. The answer is in their Laser CIWS system which has been operationally deployed recently. It is currently capable of shooting down slow aerial and surface targets, but with improvements, by the next decade, a laser CIWS would be widely deployed and would be capable of swatting multiple BrahMos missiles like flies. But then again, a hypersonic version of BrahMos is under development which will enter service in the next decade. Flying at Mach 5-7, it could prove to be a headache for lasers as well. But we’ll know that 10 years from now.

    CONCLUSION

    The BrahMos is not an invincible missile. It is just a bigger headache for the ones at the receiving end of it.

    The BrahMos is not an invincible missile. It is just a bigger headache for the ones at the receiving end of it. With a decent SAM system, you may be able to defend your ship against attacks by subsonic missiles. But to defend yourself from the BrahMos, you need an expensive, high-end, layered missile defense system. If you have powerful and networked Air Defense systems like the US Navy and the Royal Navy, you have a chance of survival. But smaller navies using basic air defense systems don’t stand a chance. Their only hope is prayer. So if you’re a warship captain, it’s always safer to be on the side which has BrahMos/Yakhont than to be on the side which has to face the BrahMos. By your bad luck if you end up facing the BrahMos, prayer is another option.

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    5 THOUGHTS ON “EXPLAINED – HOW THE US NAVY CAN SHOOT DOWN THE DEADLY BRAHMOS MISSILE”

    JESSAH
    December 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm
    how will the russian navy fair to their own onyx missiles?

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    N.R.P
    December 27, 2014 at 7:32 pm
    Very good question. Their new generation of missiles, the naval S400 series of 9M96E and 3M48NE based on their Gorshkov class frigates should be able to intercept Yeh Onyx. Their current air defense systems deployed on destroyers are antiquated.

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    SID COLEMAN
    December 27, 2014 at 11:03 pm
    I hope the Navy comes up with a decent replacement for the F-14/Phoenix combination. It’s situations like this where you need a 120+ mile AA missile with high mach numbers, and accuracy. Hope the decision to retire them doesn’t bite us in the butt.

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    N.R.P
    December 28, 2014 at 4:39 am
    The F-14 + Phoenix combo is the deadliest anti-air combo the US has ever produced. The F-35 can’t take its place in anti missile role at all. The F-14 would have had an excellent chance of shooting down multiple BrahMos with its hypersonic Phoenix AAMs. But unfortunately US Navy wants ‘technology’ and not practicality.

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    RAMESH NG
    December 28, 2014 at 1:34 am
    To what extent the missile has been indegenised ?

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