BRAHMOS CRUISE MISSILE: BrahMos is a stealth supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It is a joint venture between Republic of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroeyenia who have together formed BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. It is the world's fastest cruise missile in operation.
Weight 3,000 kg
2,500 kg (air-launched)
Length 8.4 m
Diameter 0.6 m
Warhead 300 kg Conventional semi-armour-piercing
Engine Two-stage integrated Rocket/Ramjet
range 290 km
Speed Mach 2.8-3.0
Ship, submarine, aircraft and land-based mobile launchers.
Its advantages are, apart from being the worlds fastest cruise missile
1, It is 100% fire and forget, and can be launched at any angle. that is , it has full 360 degree capability. Don't have to point at the direction of the target
2, Almost at mach 3 speed - hence its kinetic impact itself is 7 to 8 times that of the one by harpoon, on tests brahmos, without a warhead literally "broke" the back of the target ship by its high kinetic impact itself,
3, A range of almost 300 kms and flies at a height of 20 ft, its mach 3 speed ensuring that the target has only "seconds" to react. it doesn't have a chance at all
4 The huge warhead size ranging from 250-300 kgs , is able to carry mutiple warheads too, a 3 independently targetable submunition warhead is in developement as well.
4, B.M can be fire from land, sea, and air (from the SUKHOI 30MKI Fighter, can carry 3 missiles)
5, B.Missile is made to reduce radar and IR signatures, hence making it hard for it tobe detected, an India developed "radar absorbing paint(like the one in the us planes) is being tested on the brahmos.
6,It has muitiple flight trajectories, and multiple waypoint options, hence the missile can aproach the target from any directions,
7,B.M has the ability to "swarm" , that is communicating with fellow Brahmos Missiles, hence ensuring that not all hit one target, or if needed take out a target that survived first attack (the chances of one surviving a brahmos attack is very very low indeed)
8,Brahmos. is especially hardned against jamming/spoofing/countermesures. its an area into which much effort was put, cos unless a missile is ensured not to be fooled by electronic and physical countermeasures so whats the use in developing such a missile
9,B.M has counter Electronic warefare capability, but the technical details are kept a secret
10,It can "menuvere" as it approaches the target, hence assuring even more survivability
11, A superfast computer and programming by India (all avionics and electronics are provided by india) ensure that this missile doesn't have the problems the older anti ship missiles had, that is insufficent time to aquire a target in supersonic speeds, or to differenciate the target from counter measures.multiple tests have shown that brahmos is not fooled that way, and can easily sort out electronics and physical"clutter" from the actual target
12,This has direct command uplink option too, hence it can be Tv guided into a target .
BRAHMOS missile's Hypersonic variant is under development
which had achieved a speed of mach 5.26 in labtests and a target speed mach value of 7, which is using a Scramjet engine and It is expected tobe ready by 2015.