Indo-Russian Cooperation to Create "BRAHMOS-Mini" Missile

Sputnik , (August 08, 2014)

The agenda of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India is getting assigned with precise content. The sides plan during the trip, which is scheduled for December, to sign an agreement for the development of a smaller version of the supersonic cruise missile "BRAHMOS".

This was announced by Sudhir Kumar Mishra, new president of the Indo-Russian venture "BrahMos Aerospace".

A new version called "BRAHMOS-NG" (Next-Gen) will be created for its deployment on ground-based, aerial, surface and underwater-based platforms. In particular, the fifth-generation fighter that is being jointly developed by Russia and India and aircraft carrier-based fighter MiG-29 may be equipped with two such missiles and Su-30 with three of these. In addition, thanks to the small size, the launching can be done from the torpedo rooms of submarines. The length of the missile will be 6 meters and its diameter - 50 centimeters. It is almost impossible to get hit by air-defence missiles, notes Mikhail Khodernok, chief editor of "Political-Military Courier":

"The small size makes this task very difficult even for complicated and modern anti-aircraft missiles. That is, capabilities of the armed forces, which possess similar means of destruction, naturally increase sharply in terms of destruction of objects of possible opponents".

The presently existing version of "BRAHMOS" missile is the result of Russian-Indian cooperation that has undergone 20 tests with mobile launchers and stationary vehicles. Never was a single misfire ever recorded. Praveen Pathak, general manager of marketing at the joint venture "BrahMos Aerospace" described one of the tests undergone by the missiles:

"We launched the "BRAHMOS" capable of carrying a warhead from ship to ship. This was the only test that was conducted with a warhead. One missile, 4 minutes of flight and the ship was gone, broken into two parts. In this case, it is impossible to shoot down a missile launched by anti-ship missile defence systems. "BRAHMOS" is capable of changing course, altitude and can change its angle of attack".

According to Sudhir Kumar Mishra, "BrahMos Aerospace" will be ready to transfer to the Indian Air Force the aviation version of the supersonic cruise missile for the Su-30 already in 2016. And by the end of this year, trial launches on board of the Su-30 are expected to be completed.

In the neighbouring Pakistan, they are closely monitoring achievements in the missile capabilities of India, noted Viktor Murakhovski, member of the Expert Council of the Military-Industrial Commission under the Government of the Russian Federation. He believes that Islamabad is tactfully reacting to the project of development of a miniature version of the missile "BRAHMOS". However, he recalled that:

"Russia has recently included Pakistan amongst countries with which it may allow military-technical cooperation. And Pakistan has shown an increased interest in the procurement of certain weapons, such as combat helicopters. This is an example of diversification of Russia in the field of military-technical cooperation. But the kind of cooperation with India we have does not exist with anyone else. Particularly, the joint military development includes, supply of kits for production at the Indian enterprises of Su-30 aircraft and of T-90 tanks."

A qualitatively new stage of military-technical cooperation between Russia and India reflect plans of "BrahMos Aerospace" of bringing localization of supersonic cruise missile "BRAHMOS" in India to 100 percent. Presently, the localization of production is 50 per cent. Within two years, this level is expected to reach 80 percent.

To ensure sustainability in the serial production of missiles, a number of parts and components for its production were started at the Indian enterprises. More than 25 of such kind of systems have already been introduced at the design-levels of rockets. In addition, Indian professionals have established manufacturing of fire control systems for controlling the missile launch.

  • "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