IAF test-fires land-attack version of BrahMos
- The Indian Air Force successfully test-fired a land-attack version of the supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos, in the western sector.
BRAHMOS missile system
- A missile is an intelligent unmanned rocket designed to carry a payload to a designated point with an aim of destroying the object or target
- Missiles have four system components: targeting and/or missile guidance, flight system, engine, and warhead.
- BRAHMOS is a two stage missile
- solid propellant booster engine as first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and then gets seperated
- the liquid ramjet or second stage then takes the missile to 2.8 Mach speed in cruise phase
- flight range- upto 290 km with supersonic speed all through
- shorter flight time
- therefore lower dispersion of tragets, quicker engagement time and non interception by any known weapon system in the world
- operates on fire and forget principlecruisin altitude 15km and terminal as low as 10 m
- conventional warhead 200 to 300 kgs
- Universal for multiple platforms
- low radar signature
Land attack version – flight trial
- The flight-trial which took place in a firing range, met its mission parameters. The missile destroyed a designated target.
- Its accuracy in mountain warfare mode was re-established during a campaign by the Army in the eastern sector last year and repeated last month.
- The missile system has empowered all the three wings of the armed forces with anti-ship and land-attack capability
- This brings to light that the IAF too has been equipped with the land-attack version of BrahMos, which flies at a supersonic speed of Mach 3 (that is, three times the speed of sound). The Navy and the Army have already deployed the missile
- The IAF had deployed the missile in the border areas to take out the enemy’s communication towers, runways, and radar in case of a conflict, the sources said.
- The IAF is preparing to fire the air version of BrahMos from its Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft in the coming weeks