Ship-based Weapon Complex System

Sea Based Weapon System

BRAHMOS is the leading supersonic cruise missile capable of hitting sea based targets beyond radar horizons. The missile with pinpoint accuracy can be launched as far as 290-km from the target. It can be launched in either inclined or vertical configuration based on the type of the ship or user requirements. The potential carriers are Frigate, Corvette, Offshore patrol vessel and any other type of ships.

The missile has successfully demonstrated its speed, precision and power a number of times from Naval ships. The launches have been carried out in sea-to-sea and sea-to-land configurations successfully. The recent launch in the inclined configuration in sea-to-land mode was carried out from sea to a designated target built on an isolated island at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It precisely hit the target, thus demonstrating its capabilities.

BRAHMOS has also been tested in vertical configuration from a moving warship. This has proved the missile’s vertical launch capabilities from a moving platform and also that of the Universal Vertical Launcher Module (UVLM), designed and developed by BrahMos. UVLM, a next generation system far superior to the design concept followed worldwide, will be used for future ship installation in vertical configuration for BRAHMOS. BRAHMOS can be launched in single or in a salvo from a ship towards single or different types of targets within an interval of 2-2.5 seconds in various trajectories. A salvo of 8 missiles can penetrate and destroy a group of frigates having modern anti-missile defences.

The Indian Navy began inducting the first version of BRAHMOS Missile System in all of its frontline warships from 2005.


Special Features of the Weapon System:



  • Fire Control System, Launcher and inter-connectivity with ship's navigation and sensors
  • Salvo launch capability, where multiple missiles can be fired in different trajectories to hit a single or group of targets
  • The missile’s mid-course guidance is provided by Inertial Navigation System and the terminal course guidance by homing radar seeker. GPS/GLONASS can be added for augmenting the accuracy
  • The intelligent characteristics of the missile are such that it is beyond present day's missile detection capability


Launch Platforms:


INS Rajput_brahmos_inclined launcherINS Rajput: INS Rajput is one of India’s frontline naval warships of destroyer class. It was commissioned by Indian Navy on September 30, 1980. The vessel has a water displacement of 3,950 tonnes. The warship has been installed with four BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missiles, two on each side in inclined configuration in 2003.

INS Ranvir_brahmos_vertical launchINS Ranvir: INS Ranvir belongs to the Rajput-class guided missile destroyers. It was commissioned by Indian Navy on October 28, 1986. Recently, it has been fitted with a state-of- the-art Universal Vertical Launcher Module. On December 18, 2008, the first launch of the supersonic cruise missile took place from this launch platform.


BRAHMOS has also been installed in number of front line warships of Indian Navy.

  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander