Home' Defence Review Asia : DRA November 2010 Contents "The Ship-to-Ship, Land-to-Ship, Land-to-Land and Ship-to-Land variants of
BRAHMOS multi-purpose tactical missiles are in production and in service.
With a range of 290 km and full-course supersonic flight speed, BRAHMOS
is a unique missile system. Being a canisterised system, it can be fitted on
any Western standard missile frigates or OPVs currently in service in the
Indonesian and Malaysian Navies." Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, the Father of the
BrahMos missile and its Chief Executive officer adds "Even the 500 ton class
missile swift boats can be fitted with the BRAHMOS missile. However, when
fitted on the missile swift boat, the missile can only be fired with an inclined
approach and not vertical. On the 2,500-3,000 ton class missile frigate, the
vertical launch BRAHMOS can be used. The 7,000-ton class large surface
battleships can be equipped with 8 or 16 units of vertical launch BRAHMOS
missile systems, testing of which is shortly to
take place. As for the vertical launch BRAHMOS
missile system of the Indian Army, all tests
have been completed and the missile is already
in operational service. The land-attack variant
of BRAHMOS uses different seeker, which can
either use high-resolution radar guidance or
thermal imaging guidance, or even GPS and
GLONASS guidance. BRAHMOS can attack
the opponent's ground radar station facilities
without replacing the radar seeker".
The airborne version of the missile is primarily
targeted at the Su-30MKI family of aircraft.
Deployment has been tested jointly by
BRAHMOS and the induction with Sukhoi is to
be completed by 2012.The airborne version could then be offered to other
Su-30MKI family customers.
BrahMos has set up a consortium with 16 enterprises of India and seven
large Russian enterprises to produce different sub-systems with state-of-
the-art Integration complexes established at multiple centers in India.
The BRAHMOS missile is designed to be launched from multiple platforms:
land or sea-based, submerged or airborne -- and retains its standard
configuration for land or sea attack regardless of launch platform. With
a range of 290 km, speed of 2.8 Mach, stealthy terrain following, a 15 km
cruise altitude and a 10 to 15 metre terminal-phase altitude, infrared
seeking capability and a 200kg to 300kg warhead the BRAHMOS represents
a new generation of cruise missiles.
Following the successful trials of the
Block II + the Indian army are in the
process of placing further orders
and a number of other countries
have shown huge interest in the
coastal batteries options as well as
the Land attack mobile formation of
To maintain its leadership in the
field of cruise missile technology,
the company has embarked on the
BrahMos II project, which will be a
hypersonic missile touching speeds
of Mach 7 and being practically
invisible to enemy radars owing to its
stealth technology and speed.
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