Terrifying Rivals, India’s supersonic cruise missile BrahMos surges again

Terrifying Rivals, India’s supersonic cruise missile BrahMos surges again

Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO, successfully test-fired a land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile off the coast of Odisha from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur today. The missile, with a strike range of 290km, can be fired from land as well as sea-based platforms.

Defence sources said it has been fitted with increased indigenous equipment and is a version used by the Army. On 11 March, 2017, the first extended version of the missile was successfully tested. It had a strike range of 450 kilometres.

BRAHMOS is a two-stage 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. Stealth technology and guidance system with advanced embedded software provides the missile with special features.

The missile has flight range of up to 290-km with supersonic speed all through the flight, leading to shorter flight time, consequently ensuring lower dispersion of targets, quicker engagement time and non-interception by any known weapon system in the world.

It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’, adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target. Its destructive power is enhanced due to large kinetic energy on impact. Its cruising altitude could be up to 15 km and terminal altitude is as low as 10 meters. It carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kgs.