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BRAHMOS missile to do near vertical dive in a year

The Hindu , (October 17, 2014)

The Indo-Russian BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, whose Block-III variant has perfected a surgical strike capability, is set to further expand its target engagement envelope by attaining a 'near vertical dive capability' to shock the enemy hidden behind mountains.

"We want to demonstrate a 'near vertical dive and surround' capability to take the enemy by surprise. While radars do not have 360 degree coverage in the mountains, we would like to show the missile taking a turn in the horizontal axis and decimating the target around the hill. We hope to do this in a year's time," Sudhir Mishra, chief executive officer and managing director of the company, told The Hindu.

The capability, he said, would allow the Army to inventively approach their operational plans.

On the air version of the universal missile now under development, Mr. Mishra said a dummy BRAHMOS would be test-dropped from a modified Su-30 MKI fighter early next year. By March, the actual missile would be test-fired from the aircraft.

The BRAHMOS-II, the planned hypersonic version of the missile, was at a very nascent stage of design, owing to the technological challenges involved in its development. "A preliminary design is being done in the lab and the complete missile may take nearly five years to fructify. But we are at it, nevertheless," said Mr. Mishra. "It is a complex thing to develop, given the fact that as we overshoot the sound of speed, a lot of aerodynamic changes take place. We need new material, as stability and heat-resistance of the missile at these speeds are extremely important. How the propellant behaves at these speeds is a critical question. The avionics has to be properly secured to withstand high temperatures. Data-linking is another key area." Mr. Mishra said the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the BrahMos Aerospace had together invested some $50 million for the development.

Mr. Mishra said while a few friendly nations in the 'distant neighbourhood' had been shortlisted for sale of the potent missile, it was up to the Russian and Indian governments to take a call on the export of BRAHMOS. "It can happen anytime soon as the new government has made its intent to export weapons clear."

Mr. Mishra said Russia, too, would add the missile to its naval inventory when it inducted a new ship.

  • "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