- Nov 16, 2009
Yeah, VLS requirement is still not clear.By seeing the RFP it seems that IN does not want SSk to have VLS launchers. It can be safely assumed now that this task will remain with nuclear subs only.
Is it possible to launch BrahMos with torpedo tubes (650 mm tubes)? Will option be there to integrate nirbhay at alter stages?
I think Brahmos's current dimension can not allow it to be fired from Torpedo tubes.
Brahmos availability in new SSKs in whatever form & VLS fitting is likely to become hot issue for IN in coming days it seems. Here is something very interesting on it -
SourceBrahMos Aerospace, like other potential missile vendors, is lobbying hard for having BrahMos pre-selected for the follow-on six SSKs that the Indian Navy wants to procure. And it is here that unwanted and ill-informed controversies are being fanned.
To obtain clarity on this issue one has to find out what exactly will be the operational tasks of the follow-on six SSKs. Apart from waging submarine warfare, these six SSKs will also be required to undertake anti-ship missile strikes with cruise missiles that should be able to be launched from the SSK's torpedo tubes, AND NOT from vertical launch cells that, if installed, will unnecessarily increase the SSK's displacement with no clear operational advantages emerging.
Another reason why vertical launch cells for the BrahMos are not preferred by the Indian Navy for the to-be-ordered six SSKs is because the RFI very clearly states that these SSKs will be required to be armed with vertically-launched missiles designed to destroy hovering ASW helicopters or low-flying MR/ASW aircraft (such a system is already under development between the DRDO and RAFAEL since 2004 and its first installation will be on the ATV). Therefore, the Navy has rightfully determined that the anti-ship/land-attack cruise missiles should be launched from the torpedo tubes, and not from vertical launch cells.