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BANGALORE: India is planning to test a new version of the Brahmos cruise missile on March 10, with New Delhi's entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) removing previous barriers that capped the range of the joint project with Russia. DRDO Chief S Christopher said that an extended range version of the missile will be tested shortly, aiming to reach 450 km, a shade above its current MTCR capped range of 300 km.

As first reported by ET on October 19 2016, India and Russia agreed to extend the range of the jointly developed missile, giving it the ability to strike anywhere within Pakistan. Confirming the development, Christopher said that initially, the range increase to 450 km would be tested and plans are also afoot to develop a new version of the Brahmos that could achieve a range of 850 km.

The new variant could be ready within three years with the two sides working jointly on the project. "The range of 450 km was possible even earlier but we were under MTCR restrictions. We are also working on a Brahmos version 2 that can go to 800-850 km. These are the two initial benefits of the MTCR," Christopher said.

The DRDO Chief also said that work has started on a new version of the Akash anti air missile and talks are on for a possible export order from Vietnam. The top scientist also identified the Brahmos and Helina anti tank guided missile as probables for export talks.


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A BrahMos extended range supersonic cruise missile will be tested on March 10 by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), an improvement that will increase the missile's range by over 60 percent.

BrahMos extended range is designed to carry its 200 kg semi-armor piercing, high explosive warhead out to 450 km, which will be two-thirds farther than the current range of 290 km, said DRDO Chief Dr. S Christopher. More important, this BrahMos version will still retain the accuracy of the original version, which can deliver its warhead to about one meter of its target.

One of the biggest drawbacks to BrahMos -- the world's fastest cruise missile -- is its paltry range of just 290 km. That drawback was imposed because Russia, the co-builder of the missile, was a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) at the time BrahMos was being developed in the 1990s and India wasn't.

The MTCR, which now consists of 35 nations, forbids its members from selling, jointly producing or exporting missiles with a range in excess of 300 km. India became the newest member of the MTCR club on June 28, 2016, which means it can now develop but not export missiles with a range exceeding 300 km.

BrahMos is being produced by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia's Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPOM.

The decision to extend the range of BrahMos was announced by Russian president Vladimir Putin during the recent 17th annual India-Russia bilateral summit in Goa last Oct. 15.

"We have also agreed to improve the BrahMos missile, which will be land, air and sea launched. We will also work to increase its range," said Putin.

India and Russia later agreed to work together to more than double the range of BrahMos to over 600 kilometers, an upgrade that will bring all of Pakistan within range of the missile's high explosive or nuclear warheads.

The far longer range will also enable this as yet unnamed model to attack more People's Liberation Army bases in the interior of Tibet that threaten the Line of Actual Control, especially those bases aimed at the imperiled Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh China claims is part of Tibet.


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That will make Nirbhay a joint venture
No matter it's joint venture,stealer,or indigenous,at the end of the day it needs to do havocs on enemy at a fraction of cost. And our immediate threat posses such capabilities since ages.
 

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I think brahmos & yakhont basically designed for anti ship missions not for land attack !

Long range is a key capability for land attack cruise missiles ...
 

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I think brahmos & yakhont basically designed for anti ship missions not for land attack !

Long range is a key capability for land attack cruise missiles ...
But advanced versions of land attack brahmos has already being inducted!!
600 kms range is long enough for Pakistan!!
 

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I think brahmos & yakhont basically designed for anti ship missions not for land attack !

Long range is a key capability for land attack cruise missiles ...
India do not need Ballistic missiles to target Pakistan, this missile with some glide and air launched capability is enough for Pakistan.
 

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Dont need it deep, even if it reaches CPEC, its enough.
For deep strikes there are other options.
 

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I think brahmos & yakhont basically designed for anti ship missions not for land attack !

Long range is a key capability for land attack cruise missiles ...
The BrahMos Block III is an advanced ground-launched, land attack, supersonic cruise missile fitted with a new guidance system and intended to destroy fortified/hardened targets and bunkers with high precision. The new missile also features deep penetration capability. The BrahMos Block III was first test fired from a mobile launcher by the Indian Army on November 18, 2013.
The land attack version of BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army since 2007.

The fire-and-forget BrahMos has the capability to take on surface-based targets by flying a combined hi-lo trajectory, thus evading enemy air defence systems.

The inclusion of this powerful weapon system in the Indian Army has given it a distinct operational advantage to knock down any enemy target even in the most difficult and hidden terrains.
 

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