An advanced version of BrahMos land-attack supersonic cruise missile system was on Friday successfully test-fired in the western sector by the Indian Airforce. BrahMos is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile developed jointly by India & Russia.
The flight conducted today in one of the firing ranges in western sector has met its mission parameters in a copybook manner. Meeting all flight parameters the formidable weapon successfully hit and annihilated the designated target, officials said. The accuracy in mountain warfare mode was recently re-established in a campaign conducted by the Indian Army in the eastern sector last year and repeated last month., says the official release.
BrahMos is a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. (Don’t miss: 7 facts about ‘world’s fastest’ missile BrahMos)
The missile has a range of 290 km, has a maximum velocity of 2.8 Mach and cruises at altitudes varying from 10 metres to 15 km, claims BrahMos. The land-attack version of BrahMos is fitted on an mobile autonomous launcher. The mobile land-based configuration of has achieved several advancements over the years in the form of Block I, Block II and Block III variants.
It is also capable of being launched from submarine from a depth of 40-50 metres. In 2013, it was successfully launched from a submerged platform. Meanwhile, BrahMos air-launched version is getting ready to be soon be test-flown from the Su-30MKI fighter of the IAF.
According to an FE report, India and Russia have agreed ‘in principle’ to export the BrahMos, to UAE, Vietnam, South Africa and Chile. Sources in the government told FE that several structural changes were made in the defence exports policy and these were yielding results. “As far as the BrahMos missile is concerned, talks with countries like UAE, Chile, South Africa and Vietnam are in advanced stages.”