Indian Missile Program Updates

BrahMos Missiles and their significance for Armed Forces


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Brahmos Missiles

Mains level: India's missile arsenal

India’s Armed forces are conducting back-to-back tests of various versions of BrahMos missile.

Take a quick look at India’s missile arsenal:

[Prelims Spotlight] Missiles

The BrahMos Missiles

  • A combination of the names of Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers, BrahMos missiles are designed, developed and produced by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture company set up by DRDO and Mashinostroyenia of Russia.
  • It is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster as the first stage and liquid ramjet as the second stage.
  • The cruise missiles like BrahMos are a type of systems known as the ‘standoff range weapons’ which are fired from a range sufficient to allow the attacker to evade defensive fire from the adversary.
  • These weapons are in the arsenal of most major militaries in the world.
  • The versions of the BrahMos that are being tested have an extended range of around 400 km, as compared to its initial range of 290 km, with more versions of higher ranges currently under development.

Various versions

  • Various versions of the BrahMos, including those which can be fired from land, warships, submarines and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets have already been developed and successfully tested in the past.
  • The earliest versions of the ship launched BrahMos and land-based system are in service of the Indian Navy and the Indian Army since 2005 and 2007 respectively.

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