BRAHMOS MISSILE SUCCESSFULLY TEST FIRED
- India has successfully test-fired the air-launched version of the BrahMos Supersonic cruise missile for the first time from a Sukhoi-30M KI fighter jet in the Bay of Bengal.
- The supersonic cruise missile, after the ‘gravity-drop’ of around 200 meters from the fighter jet, kicked off its booster to attain supersonic speed within seconds and then zoomed ahead to hit the ship, the target with pinpoint accuracy to blow it to smithereens at a range of 260-km.
- BrahMos is a two-stage cruise missile with a solid-propellant booster engine as its first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and then gets separated.
- The liquid ramjet or the second stage then takes the missile closer to 3 Mach speed in cruise phase.
- It has a strike range of around 290 km with speed almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, leading to shorter flight time, making it world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, from land, sea, and air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for the country.
- The BrahMos operates on a so-called fire and forget principle and it can be dropped from 500 to 14,000 meters.
- MISSILE PER AIRCRAFT- 1
- LENGHTH- 8.550 mm
- RELEASE SPEED- 0.55-0.8 Mach
- RANGE – Upto 290 km
- DIAMETER- 648 mm
- RELEASE HEIGHT- 500-9,000 m
- VELOCITY- Up to 2.8 Mach
- WEIGHT- 2,550
- FREE FALL- 100- 150 m
- COST- Rs 3,577 cr.
- ORDER PLACED- Rs 27,150 cr
- ALTITUDE CRUISE PHASE- Up to 14,000 m
- The BrahMos is a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russian rocket design bureau NPO Mashinostroyeniya.
- The Indian Army and Navy are already operating ground and naval-launched variants of the cruise missile.
- The successful launch of the cruise missile will significantly bolster the IAF’s air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges.
- BrahMos will provide a major strategic deterrence against China and Pakistan and can be utilized in ‘multi-mission’ roles such as precision strikes on terror camps across the LoC, against high-value naval targets, including aircraft carriers and nuclear bunkers.
- The IAF is expected to receive 200 air-launched Brahmos in the coming years, most probably in January 2018.