India’s BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has recorded test successes during recent land and sea-based firing events.
Developed and manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (Hall D, Stand D113), a joint venture between Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BrahMos is a development of NPO Mashinostroeyenia’s Yakhont (SS-N-26 ‘Strobile’) anti-ship missile. The missile airframe itself is produced by L&T and Godrej; more than 200 other Indian companies are involved in the supply chain.
The most recent BrahMos test was undertaken in early July from an Indian Army mobile autonomous launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur at Balasore, Odisha. This saw the missile achieve its maximum design range, flying 290km at a speed of Mach 2.8.
The previous month, the Indian Navy had successfully conducted a flight test of BrahMos from the indigenously built INS Kolkata, the first Project 15A destroyer. The test firing, performed in the Arabian Sea, proved the installation of the fire control system, vertical launch module and interfaces with the ship’s systems.
Both the Indian Navy and Indian Army already field BrahMos on the front line. The first test of an air-launched version – integrated with the Sukhoi Su-30MKI – is scheduled for early 2015. A mini version with a speed of Mach 3.5 is under consideration, while a hypersonic Mach 7.0 version is said to be under development to boost fast aerial strike capability. This is expected to be ready for testing by 2017.