BrahMos Cruise Missile

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India Now Working On 1,500-Km Range BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile
New Delhi: India Tuesday began a series of tests of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, even as work goes on to extend its range. India is working on a 1,500-km range version of the system that can be launched from land, water or air.

BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world that flies at three times the speed of sound (2.8 Mach), currently has a range of 290 km, but efforts are also on to extend this to 400 km.

The Army carried out the first of several ‘live missile tests’ of the 290-km range BrahMos in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Navy and the Air Force — which has fitted its Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighters fitted with the BrahMos — are also likely to carry out tests this week.

Sources in the defence and security establishment said the test of the 400-km range of BrahMos conducted in September was successful, and talks are on with the three Services to extend the range of the missiles within a scheduled time period.

A hypersonic version of the missile — which flies at over five times the speed of sound — is also being worked upon, and sources said the target is to test an 800-km range BrahMos next year.

“The team is also working on a 1,500-km range missile,” a source said, adding that initially, this will be a land-based missile.

“But once the system is proven, it will need just some modifications to fire from the air and water,” the source said.

The Indian Air Force had, in January this year, commissioned the 222 ‘Tiger Sharks’ squadron in Thanjavur, home to the first lot of Su-30 MKIs equipped with the BrahMos.

Need For Speed

Sources explained that when it comes to the new generation of missiles, speed is a crucial factor.

“The famous example is of the 1998 operation by the US to destroy an Al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan and to target Osama bin Laden. Tomahawk missiles were fired from the Arabian Sea and took two hours to travel 1,100 miles, as they were traveling at a speed of 550 miles per hour or 0.7 Mach. The missile hit but Osama had left the place an hour back. A faster missile would have meant it would have hit him while he was there,” a source explained.

A missile’s destructive power is enhanced due to large kinetic energy on impact.

What Is BrahMos?

The BrahMos missile is the product of a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya in 1998. It is a portmanteau of the names of two rivers — India’s Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moskva.

The BrahMos missile has a maximum speed of 2.8 Mach (around 3,450 kmph or 2,148 mph), and is difficult to intercept by surface-to-air missiles currently deployed from warships across the world. It also has immense ability to evade various radars.

The missile’s cruising altitude could be up to 15 km, and the lowest it can fly is 10 metres above the surface. The missile is capable of carrying a conventional warhead (non-nuclear) weighing 200-300 kg.

The BrahMos is a two-stage missile, with a solid propellant booster engine that kicks in in the first stage and brings the missile to supersonic speed before separating. Following this, the liquid ramjet comes into action, and takes the missile closer to Mach 3 in cruise phase. It operates on a ‘fire and forget’ principle — it doesn’t have to be constantly monitored on its way to the target.
 

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Huh for too long brahmos is crusing in range of 400Km;s.. with so many tests off lately, it is safe to assume that actual range is unknown and classified .. perhaps could be more than double...
 

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Not Land variant, but surface launched variant.
Does Airforce have its own Brahmos regiment? If yes then how many surface launched regiment/ batteries with the Air force? Army have 4 regiment active.
 
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Huh for too long brahmos is crusing in range of 400Km;s.. with so many tests off lately, it is safe to assume that actual range is unknown and classified .. perhaps could be more than double...
I too have a similar doubt. Looks like they are masking the actual range.
 

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1500 KM Brahmos would be awesome,
wonder how Chinkies and Porkies would save their AD..

Really wonder where Porkies would hide anything on their land
 

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1500 KM Brahmos would be awesome,
wonder how Chinkies and Porkies would save their AD..

Really wonder where Porkies would hide anything on their land
you never knew they already have that range ...:drool::drool:

Anyways range is moot point with Brahmos being integrated with SU 30 ...deliver it on the edge and whole pork land is in range...
 

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Ok, one question, what is the point of these tests, if we are unwilling to use it against pork terror camps ??
Since we anyway know that pork will keep denying any surgical strikes or any air strikes and say that some crows/trees/boulders were hit, then why in the name of the universe are we not destroying some terror camps using Brahmos. Its not that pork can differentiate between a few crows killed by spice bombs from an air strike or a brahmos launch from land !
 

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Ok, one question, what is the point of these tests, if we are unwilling to use it against pork terror camps ??
Since we anyway know that pork will keep denying any surgical strikes or any air strikes and say that some crows/trees/boulders were hit, then why in the name of the universe are we not destroying some terror camps using Brahmos. Its not that pork can differentiate between a few crows killed by spice bombs from an air strike or a brahmos launch from land !
Why would we use brahmos when we can use Spice bombs? They are cheaper and carry far more ordinance resulting in higher destructive power.

Also as I said before Balakot strikes, using Brahmos will give license to Pakistan to retaliate via Babur. Attacking via aircraft limits their options since they don't have capability to retaliate via bombing runs of their own. Of course, the last part of my prediction proved wrong when pakistanis retaliated on 27th Feb and we were unable to do impart significant damage on them other than downing of their F16, but that was due to poor preparedness rather than capability gap in my opinion.
 
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Why would we use brahmos when we can use
Why should we risk the lives of our pilots over a bunch of worthless terrorists ?

using Brahmos will give license to Pakistan to retaliate via Babur.
That is assuming they will know we launched a brahmos, we can use an air launched brahmos from well within our territory also, that would be similar to a spice attack won't it ?
 

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Why should we risk the lives of our pilots over a bunch of worthless terrorists ?
Because its more effective. SPICE is way more accurate and destructive than Brahmos

That is assuming they will know we launched a brahmos, we can use an air launched brahmos from well within our territory also, that would be similar to a spice attack won't it ?
Air launched brahmos wasn't inducted till balakot, maybe an option in future cases, but for surgical strikes, no better weapon than SPICE.
 

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Because its more effective. SPICE is way more accurate and destructive than Brahmos



Air launched brahmos wasn't inducted till balakot, maybe an option in future cases, but for surgical strikes, no better weapon than SPICE.
I think its related to escalation ladder...
 

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