Indian Airforce successfully test fired BrahMos air launched missile in the Bay of Bengal. It can target targets up to 400 km away. The Air Force said in its official statement – This missile has been tested from Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft.
The Defense Department said that during the test, the missile hit the target ship in the middle. It is the anti-ship version of the air-launched version of the missile.
Now know what was achieved from the test
The Indian Navy will be able to destroy enemy ships up to 400 km away from its warship. Sukhoi will fly with this missile from the warship and will easily target the enemy ship.
Military strength increased
With the test of this missile, the Airforce has achieved the achievement of targeting land and sea targets from a long distance. If ever there is a situation of war, then Sukhoi and this missile will strengthen the strategic plan of the Indian Air Force. Defense Ministry said- This test is a joint achievement of Airforce, Navy, DRDO, BAPL and HAL.
In early May this year, India successfully test-fired the BrahMos air-launched missile from the Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. This was the first test of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi.
Test by test the power of big BrahMos
The initial range of BrahMos was to hit targets 290 kilometers away. Which first increased to 350 km and now after the test on Thursday, it was successful in hitting targets up to 400 km away.
How did BrahMos get its name?
BrahMos has been developed under a joint agreement between India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPOM. BrahMos is a medium range stealth ramjet supersonic cruise missile. This missile can be launched from a ship, submarine, aircraft or land.
According to Defense Department officials, BrahMos is named after the mighty weapon of Lord Brahma, the Brahmastra. However, some reports have also claimed that the missile has been named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva River of Russia. It is believed to be the fastest in the world as an anti-ship cruise missile.
BrahMos at a glance
- BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile, which can be launched from submarine, ship, aircraft or land.
- BrahMos is based on Russia’s P-800 Oceanic cruise missile technology. This missile has been handed over to all the three wings of the Indian Army, Army, Navy and Airforce.
- Several versions of the BrahMos missile exist. Land-launched, ship-launched, submarine-launched air-launched versions of BrahMos have been tested.
- BrahMos can destroy its target at a speed of Mach 2 speed (2500 km / h) at a range of 290 km when fired from land or sea.
- The BrahMos missile can be launched from a submarine from a depth of 40-50 meters from inside the water.
- The submarine-launched BrahMos missile was tested in 2013.
What is the difference between cruise and ballistic missile?
A missile is a guided aerial range weapon capable of self-propelled flight, usually powered by a jet engine or rocket motor. Missiles are also called guided missiles or guided rockets. Simply put, missile means throwing, burning or sending an explosive towards a target. There are broadly two types of missiles. Cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.
- A cruise missile is a type of unmanned self-guided missile. These missiles fly very close to the ground like high speed planes. For this, route markings are fed into their navigation systems. That is why they have been named cruise missiles.
- It flies within the Earth’s atmosphere with the help of jet engine technology. Their speed is very fast.
- Cruise missiles can be divided into subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic cruise missiles according to their capability. For example, India’s BrahMos is a supersonic missile and BrahMos 2 is a hypersonic missile.
- The cruise missile flies very low, just 10 meters above the ground. Cruise missiles move parallel to the Earth’s surface and their targets are very accurate.
- Due to flying at low altitude, it does not come under the radar. They can be launched from land, air, submarines and warships.
- Cruise missiles are smaller in size than ballistic missiles and carry lighter warheads. Cruise missiles are used for both conventional and nuclear warheads.
- This missile goes up rapidly after being released and then hits its target while coming down rapidly due to gravity.
- Ballistic missile is released from a large sea vessel or a special place with resources. India has ballistic missiles named Prithvi, Agni and Dhanush.
- Ballistic missiles are larger in size than cruise missiles. These missiles can carry heavier warheads than cruise missiles.
- After the ballistic missile is released, it follows a crescent-shaped path in the air. As soon as they lose contact with the rocket, the bomb in them falls to the ground due to gravity.
- Once these missiles are released, their path cannot be changed.
- Ballistic missiles are typically used to carry nuclear warheads, although they can also carry conventional warheads.