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The Army Tuesday carried out a ‘live missile test’ of the 290-plus km range BrahMos missile, but efforts are on to extend its range to 400, 800 and 1,500 km.
SNEHESH ALEX PHILIP 24 November, 2020 3:03 pm IST
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BrahMos supersonic cruise missile | File photo: ANI

New Delhi: India Tuesday began a series of tests of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, even as work goes on to extend its range. ThePrint has learnt that 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.

Also read: What’s a hypersonic missile India is building and how it is different from other missiles

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.

Also read: BrahMos venture to expand, export missiles to countries as India-Russia ties grow — Moscow



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I am tired of it. Show us something new.
 
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BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos BrahMos

I am tired of it. Show us something new.
We will test 160 km Astra Air-to-air missile next year and 350 KM Astra MK3 Air-to-air missiles with SFDR Technology in less than 2 years.
 
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do u see the pattern? Joint venture

Anything barely works from rss land is they paid someone else to do the hard job for them
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what do you else know? You’re insecure with our achievements so much so that you’re talking any BS without facts to undermine our success. Just google our contribution in BrahMos, if the Russians alone had the capability they would have made it on their own.
 

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what do you else know? You’re insecure with our achievements so much so that you’re talking any BS without facts to undermine our success. Just google our contribution in BrahMos, if the Russians alone had the capability they would have made it on their own.
very funny,:rofl::rofl: we are insecure with India?

Nobody in China cares about or know a thing about India except pdf Chinese, who have to tolerate your non stop bragging

India contribution to this missile is a big fat 0

remeber u try to sell viets this garbage, but viets are smart and refused and go directly to the source - buy Russia yachont
 
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very funny,:rofl::rofl: we are insecure with India?

Nobody in China cares about or know a thing about India except pdf Chinese, who have to tolerate your non stop bragging

India contribution to this missile is a big fat 0

remeber u try to sell viets this garbage, but viets are smart and refused and go directly to the source - buy Russia yachont
Yes the same way your China’s contribution to COVID-19 is a big fat 0🤣😂.
 
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sadly u are 2020 Covid 19 supa powa, while we contained it
So you think you are the only one in the world having capabilities to contain it and that too in a few months? Why is it so that it ended in China and not in the other parts of the world?

Kyunki yeh tumhari saazish thhi, chiniyo ko angrezi bolni aati nahi toh yaha dhong karna band karo ki tum Cheeni ho.
 

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what do you else know? You’re insecure with our achievements so much so that you’re talking any BS without facts to undermine our success. Just google our contribution in BrahMos, if the Russians alone had the capability they would have made it on their own.
"Insecure with our achievements" only achievement you have here is butchering of Angreji 🤣

And we have seen your achievements from Insas replacement rifle to Bofors, From UAVs to Tejas and from from Arjun to latest Swathi which failed in armenia and india which said deliveries will start soon in August says no deliveries yet.. 🤣
But its us making it, we helped in making the Yakhont BrahMos.
Yeah sure dude 🤣
 

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