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Description: The BrahMos is a long-range, supersonic, anti-ship missile developed by BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited a joint venture company established in Febraury 1998 between Russian NPO Mashinostroyenia and the Indian Ministry of Defense Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). BrahMos acronym comes from the rivers Brahmaputra of India and the Moscow of Russia. The first flight test involving BrahMos anti-ship missile was carried out on June12, 2001, in the Interim Test Range in the state of Orissa, India. India and Russia expect to sell at least 1,000 to 2,000 missiles to export customers in the 2010-2020 timeframe. As of February 2007, BrahMos had performed 13 missile flight tests. As of September 2008, Indian plans class for the procurement of 1,000 missiles by 2020.
The BrahMos missile complex is based upon Yakhont supersonic cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia. Designed with operational flexibility in mind, the BrahMos missile can be launched from either surface ships, submarines, airborne platforms, underground silos and/or Tractor-Erector-Launcher trucks. Moreover, the missile accepts both vertical and inclined launch. In addition to its anti-ship primary role, the missile is being developed to engage land targets as well. The Indian Armed Forces plans for the deployment of BrahMos missiles within the Navy, Army and Air Force.
The BrahMos-NG is a new variant of the BrahMos-A air-launched supersonic cruise anti-ship missile being developed by India through BrahMos Aerospace. The new missile is aimed at the Su-30MKI with up to three missiles carried by single aircraft, the Tejas lightweight fighter and the Indian Navy Mig-29K and Mig-29KUB shipborne multirole fighters. The new missile is smaller and lighter and will allow to transport a more missiles by the same airborne platforms. The BrahMos-NG missiles was unveiled in 2018 and is expected to enter service between 2021 and 2023.
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