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#DefenseDiaries: India set to make devastating BrahMos even more lethal

India #DefenseDiaries: India set to make devastating BrahMos even more lethal 14 Nov 2017 | By NewsBytes Staff

The Mach 2.8 BrahMos cruise missile is undoubtedly the most destructive precision-strike weapon in the Indian military's arsenal.

The deadly missile will soon get a deep surgical-strike variant which will be test fired from a specially-modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet later this week.

What makes the BrahMos missile so lethal? Why is the upcoming air-launched test significa nt? We explain.

In context: All about India's devastating supersonic BrahMos cruise missile

14 Nov 2017#DefenseDiaries: India set to make devastating BrahMos even more lethal

The Mach 2.8 BrahMos cruise missile is undoubtedly the most destructive precision-strike weapon in the Indian military's arsenal.

The deadly missile will soon get a deep surgical-strike variant which will be test fired from a specially-modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet later this week.

What makes the BrahMos missile so lethal? Why is the upcoming air-launched test significant? We explain.

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HistoryBrahMos derives name from Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers

In the 1990s, India felt the need for a powerful cruise missile system and roped in Russia for the project.

In 1998, a bilateral Inter-Governmental Agreement was signed paving the way for BrahMos Aerospace.

This is a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).

The name BrahMos comes from the Indian River, Brahmaputra, and Russia's Moskva.

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DetailsBrahMos already commissioned by Indian Army, Navy and Air Force

The BrahMos' first successful launch took place in 2001. Since then, the missile underwent a series of trials.

Currently, the missile comes with sea and land-launched variants to take on various targets.

The sea-launched variants are deployed aboard Indian Navy frigates and destroyers for anti-shipping roles.

The lethal anti-ship variant has sea-skimmi ng capability, making it very difficult to detect and intercept.

SpecificationsNearly impossible to intercept supersonic BrahMos

The Brahmos is a ramjet supersonic cruise missile based on Russia's P-800 Oniks missile.

The BrahMos has a 290-km range and carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kgs.

It can also potentially carry nuclear warheads.

The supersonic speeds make it nearly impossible for enemy air-defenses to intercept the missile.

The BrahMos is also renowned for its pinpoint precision.

Longer range Lon ger-ranged BrahMos currently being tested

The Indian Navy, Army and Air Force have placed orders worth over Rs. 27,150 crore for the BrahMos, a sign of their preference for the platform.

Currently, neither China nor Pakistan possess a BrahMos equivalent.

Last year, India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) allowing the jointly-developed BrahMos' range to be extended.

A 450-km range version of the missile is being tested.

SignificanceWhy the upcoming BrahMos launch from Sukhoi-30MKI matters

For the past few years, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and BrahMos Aerospace have been working to integrate the missile to the Sukhoi-30MKI.

The Sukhois re quired structural changes to carry the air-to-ground BrahMos.

The fighter jet has a 3,200-km cruising range. Coupled with the Sukhoi-30MKI, the lethal BrahMos missile's effective range would increase exponentially.

Sources said 42 Sukhois would be modified to fire BrahMos missiles.

ExplainedBrahMos-Sukhoi test would increase missile's export potential

India has offered the BrahMos missile system to Vietnam, which like India is threatened by China's growing military assertiveness.

Meanwhile, seven other countries from the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East have evinced interest in the missile platform.

Several of these countries, including Vietnam, fly variants of the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets.

The BrahMos test firing from the Sukhoi-30MKI would increase its export potential.

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