BrahMos-M Weapons to Bolster India's Defense Capability Significantly
The creation of the innovative
"mini-BrahMos" missile will allow India to arm its air squadrons and
submarines with sophisticated weaponry, bolstering its defense
After Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first
BrahMos-A missile integrated Su-30MKI aircraft to the Indian Air Force,
Indian and Russian designers concentrated on creating the supersonic
mini-BrahMos (BrahMos-M) missiles, meant to boost the defense capability
of India's Navy and Air Force.
"Su-30MKI has become a very lethal weapon delivery platform with the
successful integration of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile," emphasized
HAL Chairman T. Suvarna Raju in an official statement on February 19,
during the second day of Aero India show at Yelahanka, Bengaluru.
Experts note that currently Su-30MKI aircraft can carry one deadly
BrahMos missile, while initially it was expected the fighter jet would
be equipped with three such cruise missiles. However, experts say that
the missile is too big for a fighter jet.
BrahMos-A is a short-range supersonic cruise missile based on the
Russian P-800 Oniks prototype. It can be launched from submarines,
ships, aircrafts and land travelling at speed of Mach 3. The missile
weighs about 2.5 tons is over 8.5 meters in length. However, designers
underscore that the BrahMos-A is too heavy for IAF's MiG-29K fighter
jets; on the other hand Indian submarines' missile launchers will
require certain modernization to hold BrahMos-A.
So far, the creation of a new BrahMos-M will solve that problem.
Developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO),
NPO Mashinostroyeniya of Russia and BrahMos Aerospace the new missile
will have lighter weight and smaller diameter in comparison
with BrahMos-A; equipped with a compact engine it will reach speeds
of Mach 3.3 carrying a payload of 300 kilogram to a range of 300
kilometers. With a weight of 1.4-1.6 tons and a length of 6 meters the
BrahMos-M will be a breakthrough, meeting the demands of Indian Navy and
Air Force, serving as a "universal" weapon system, military experts
emphasize. The missile will boost the military capability of Indian
armed forces and bolster the country's defense industry.
Reportedly, BrahMos Aerospace is planning to equip 18 IAF's MiG-29K
as well as submarines with 533-mm torpedo tubes with the innovative
missiles. India's 40 Su-30MKI will carry both BrahMos-A and BrahMos-M
weapons. Military experts note that the new missile will provide New
Delhi with a significant competitive advantage in the region, improving
its geopolitical positions. Both India and Russia are considering
large-scale BrahMos exports; furthermore, the countries have pledged
to present the new hypersonic BrahMos version in the nearest future.