BRAHMOS Supersonic Cruise Missile

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BRAHMOS Supersonic Cruise Missile

Recently, the Defense Ministry has signed a contract worth Rs 1700 crore with BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd to purchase additional dual-role BrahMos missiles for the Indian Navy.

The dual role capability implies the use of BrahMos missiles for land as well as anti-ship attacks. It can be launched from land, air and sea and all three variants are in service under the Indian Armed Forces.

Significance of the Agreement:

  • The induction of these dual-role advanced missiles into the Indian Navy will result in a significant increase in the firepower and operational activities of the fleet.
  • Such an important communication weapon system will give a boost to indigenous production.
  • The BrahMos missiles are also expected to augment ammunition with the active participation of indigenous industry.

BrahMos Missile:

  • India-Russia joint venture, BrahMos missile has a range of 290 km. It is the world’s fastest cruise missile with a top speed of Mach 2.8 (about three times the speed of sound).
  • It is named after the Brahmaputra River of India and the Moskva River of Russia.
  • It is a two-stage (solid propellant engine in the first stage and liquid ramjet in the second) missile.
  • It is a multiplatform missile that can be launched with precision from a missile of land, air and sea, which can operate during the day and night in spite of bad weather.
  • It works on the principle of “Fire and Forget/Fire and Forget”, which means it does not require guidance after launch.

Source- The Hindu

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