In the most recent development, it was reported that India is working on upgrading BrahMos, one of the country’s best tactical ballistic missiles, to develop a new air-launched version of the supersonic cruise missile in order to further expand its capability to destroy the enemy up to an 800-kilometer range.
The indigenous supersonic cruise missile, developed in collaboration with the Russian Federation, previously had a range of 300 kilometres and could accurately target the adversary after being launched from a Su-30MKI combat aircraft.
“The range of the BrahMos missile has already been enhanced, and with the benefit of being airborne at high altitudes, the missile can travel a longer distance and can reach targets at 800km and beyond,” according to ANI sources.
BrahMos’ capabilities are being expanded.
The Indian government and military services are increasing the country’s defence capabilities and preparing for unanticipated scenarios in the midst of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. The union administration, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has repeatedly emphasised the importance of accelerating the development of indigenous defence weaponry and technology.
On March 5, the Indian Navy successfully tested the improved version of the BrahMos missile from INS Chennai.
The test was carried out to confirm the missile’s long-range precision attack capability. The Indian Navy stated that after the mission was completed successfully, “The Advanced version of the BrahMos missile’s long-range precision strike capability has been successfully validated. The ability to destroy a target with pinpoint accuracy proved the combat and mission preparedness of frontline assets.”
After traversing an extended range trajectory and undertaking intricate manoeuvres, the upgraded version would hit its target with pinpoint accuracy, according to the Indian Navy.
The BrahMos Missile, India’s Majestic Missile
BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). On modern conflicts, the missile has already shown to be a formidable deterrent. It’s a multi-role, multi-platform weapon system that’s already proven its worth against a variety of adversaries. It has been used by all three branches of the Indian military.
The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has a range of 290-300 kilometres and can travel at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3. Meanwhile, the BrahMos – II Hypersonic cruise missile, with a range of 450–600km and a Mach 7 velocity, can be launched to hit the target within a range of 450–600km.
The Indian-built supersonic missile was recently in the news when it was misfired by an Indian Air Force unit due to a technical issue. The misfired missile landed in Pakistan’s Mian Channu province. Fortunately, the property and equipment were not severely damaged, and no one was wounded as a result of the event.
The problem occurred during a Command Air Staff Inspection (CASI), and Indian officials are conducting an internal investigation. Pakistani officials have also demanded a joint investigation into the catastrophe.