BrahMos Test Success Means India Can Take Out Target in Minutes: 10 Facts (Download PDF)

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Indian Armed Forces joined the supersonic cruise missile triad with the successful test launch of the BrahMos missile from an Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30 MKI frontline fighter aircraft above the Bay of Bengal.

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  • BrahMos thus becomes a multi-platform, multi-mission weapon that can be launched from land, water and air.

  • BrahMos has been named after two rivers– the Brahmaputra and the Moskva a river in western Russia.

What is BrahMos?

  • BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile, a joint venture between India and Russia.

  • It is self-propelled guided cruise missile sustaining flight through aerodynamic lift.

  • Cruise missiles fly within the earth’s atmosphere and use a variety of propulsion methods.

Speed of BrahMos

BrahMos is a two-stage missile:

  • Solid fuel propellant booster engine pushes missile to supersonic speeds and separates.

  • Second stage liquid fuel ramjet engine takes it to speeds up to mach 3 (3 times the speed of sound)

It is one of the fastest known supersonic cruise missile.

Advantages of BrahMos

  • BrahMos has a strike accuracy of 99.99 per cent.

  • It can follow a variety of trajectories like high, high-low, low, surface-skim etc.

  • The unpredictable nature of the trajectory makes it difficult to defend.

Organization Involved With BrahMos

  • Developed and manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited a joint venture between the India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s Reutov-based rocket and missile developers NPO Mashinostroyeniya (NPOM).

  • The BrahMos is headquartered in New Delhi- design centre, simulation and interface development department, application software development and aerospace knowledge centre

  • Facility in Thiruvananthapuram manufactures components for BrahMos as well as ISRO and DRDO.

  • The Production unit of BrahMos Aerospace is located at Hyderabad where the integration of the missile takes place at BrahMos Integration Complex (BIC). The complex comprises of two integration bays: one for integration of mechanical systems and the other for assembling electrical/electronic systems. All missile subsystems from India and Russia are delivered at BIC where the missiles are integrated and checked. The complex consists of mechanical and electrical integration facility, fuel filling, magazine storage, bonded stores, other infrastructure and management system.

Future Plans with BrahMos

  • There are plans to develop advanced BrahMos missiles reaching 800 km away.

  • Advanced versions with scramjet engines will propel the missile to hypersonic speeds of up to mach 6 (six times the speed of sound) providing huge kinetic energy advantage

  • Submarine-launched versions and miniature versions of the missile are also being developed.

BrahMos and ‘Made in India’

65 per cent of the missile components were imported. Out of the major components provided by Russia, the main are the booster, the ramjet engine, target seeker, homing device, and the canister that stows the missile.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 9, 2017

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