Meet India's BrahMos II: The World's Fastest Supersonic Cruise Missile?


With the BrahMos II venture put on indefinite hold, the Indian military is forging ahead with new, long-range and deep-dive versions of their BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

Earlier this week, BrahMos CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra announced that vertical deep-dive and 500 kilometer-range BrahMos variants are ready to enter India’s missile arsenal: "India has successfully test-fired a vertical deep dive version of BrahMos, the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile, that can now change the dynamics of conventional warfare...the upgraded version of the missile with enhanced range of up to 500 km is also ready.” Both of these new variants will feature the Mach 2.8 speed of the original BrahMos missile, roughly three times the speed of sound.

As the name implies, vertical deep-capability allows the missile to be fired at a “near-vertical” trajectory of 90 degree, climbing fourteen 14 kilometers before making making a steep dive toward its target. Mishra asserts that this will make BrahMos more effective on mountainous terrain and against bunkers as well as large surface vessels, suggesting that these improvements are aimed at bolstering Indian missile strike capability vis-à-vis China ...

随着“布拉莫斯2号”(BrahMos II)计划无限期搁置,印度军方正在研制新型、远程和深水版本的布拉莫斯超音速巡航导弹。

本周早些时候,布拉莫斯CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra宣布垂直深潜和射程500公里的布拉莫斯变体已经准备好进入印度的导弹库:“印度成功试射了一枚垂直深潜版本的布拉莫斯,是世界上最快的超音速巡航导弹,可以改变常规战争局势…射程高达500公里的升级版导弹也准备好了。这两种新的改型都将具有原始布拉莫斯导弹2.8马赫的速度,大约是音速的三倍。



This is admittedly an unorthodox way to use supersonic cruise missiles, but one that may prove cost-effective for India’s budding, homegrown defense industry; modifying the already-existing BrahMos platform can save R&D costs over the risky and logistically difficult venture of investing in a new line of bunker buster-bomb technology.

Mishra claims that, with the introduction of the air-launched 500-kilometer BrahMos variant, the Indian air force (IAF) is the first in the world to arm fighter jets with this type of long-range missile. The successful test was reportedly conducted on a Sukhoi Su-30MKI. Given the massive cost and technical challenges of reinforcing the Su-30MKI’s undercarriage and expanding its hardpoints to accommodate the weight of the prior air-launched, 400-kilometer “BrahMos A”, it remains unknown what-- if any-- further modifications were required to install this latest variant.

A smaller and lighter version of BrahMos, “BrahMos-NG,” is reportedly compatible with the MiG-29K and even France’s Dassault Rafale, but this larger variant seems to be exclusively designed for India’s fleet of over forty Su-30 fighters that are specially modified to accommodate large cruise missiles.



据报道,一种更小更轻型的“布拉莫斯- NG”导弹,可与米格- 29k甚至法国的“阵风”战斗机兼容,但是这种更大的改型似乎是专为印度的40多架苏-30战机设计的,这些战机经过特别改装,能装载大型巡航导弹。

Last year, India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) announced that it was developing an 800-kilometer BrahMos missile. It is unclear if this latest 500-kilometer variant is a developmental stepping stone to that ambitious goal, or a finished product in of itself.

These exponential gains over the 300-kilometer range of the very first BrahMos missile, developed jointly by Russia and India, were made possible by India’s June 2016 entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which prevents members from sharing missiles with a range in excess of 300 kilometers with nonmembers.

India has enjoyed rapid progress in developing BrahMos technology over the past several years, but the same cannot be said for the Russian-Indian project to produce its hypersonic successor. BrahMos II has languished in an ongoing cycle of overeager estimates followed by delays since its initial announcement in 2008, leading recent defense commentary to surmise that New Delhi may opt to purchase Russia’s upcoming Zircon hypersonic missiles if the BrahMos II program fails to yield substantive results in the near future.





译文来源:三泰虎      http://www.santaihu.com/48034.html     译者:Joyceliu


007MI64 days ago

Old news! Missiles have been in service since 2006 and despite many high potential capability claims, they are battle untested. Fast is one thing, accuracy is another. Besides how it deals with the sophisticate signal interference is unknown. This project is a collaboration between India and Russia, name came from the two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. They plan to make 2000 of these and export half of the amount. It will be interesting if Vietnam, The Philippines, and Malaysia are able to buy and deploy these at their coastline, PLAN ships in the South China Sea will be sitting ducks.



Jag4 days ago

Good news, the first order of priority is to defend your country, as history has shown



mister g4 days ago

Maybe the fastest India cruise missile , will meet Americas fastest laser ! NOTHING IS FASTER THAN LIGHT !!



Vloodymere_Pudding4 days ago

Hypersonic missiles are already under development which will make current cruise missiles obsolete including the Brahmos.



Tomhum19644 days ago

Hey someone gotta contain China right, and I think India is best for the job due to it geological location which really close to China!



OrdinaryGod4 days ago

some Indians claim they had missiles and fighter jets around 3000-4000BC. the fact of the matter is about 10% of the population still goes on railway tracks. India and Pakistan should focus on building public toilets and keeping them clean before building curry bombs and cruise missiles



mike4 days ago

95 percent of India's people dont have 2 nickel's in there pockets and this is what there spending there money on. classic stuff.



Will4 days ago

"... the Mach 2.8 speed of the original BrahMos missile, roughly three times the speed of sound." Uhhh, 2.8 times the speed of sound.



Dave994 days ago

What a confusing un-informative article of The National Interest. I'd suggest it is in the National Interest for The National Interest to leave these stories to those more qualified in explaining them. The Picture isn't even a BrahMos II as the blurb implies it's a BrahMos PJ-10 missile. Easily checked on Wiki. Stick to doing history based articles Mark.



StigMeister4 days ago

At least much of China has indoor flush toilets, sweeps their streets and doesn't allow cows to freely walk all over the place.



kevin4 days ago

BrahMos II is the world's fastest supersonic crayon cruise missile.



Puneeth5 days ago

We may not need this in reality. But this will surely keep world bullies at a distance. You know which bully I am referring to.



D4 days ago

I frequently enjoy National Interest, but this nonsense that treats weapons systems and military hardware like online dating really needs to stop. There is NOTHING sexy about advanced weaponry. These systems are (sometimes) a necessary evil. Other times, they are just a waste of money and evil.



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