Indian fighter Jets to fire world’s fastest cruise missile

Indian fighter jets will soon be equipped with the world’s fastest cruise missile. According to Indian news outlets, New Delhi India recently developed a modification for its Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fighter airplane that will allow it to carry the Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

Earlier this year, it was reported that India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) had begun receiving 42 Su-30MKI air dominance fighters modified to carry air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, The Nationa Interest reports.

Indian fighter jets will soon be equipped with the world’s fastest cruise missile

Indian fighter jets will soon be equipped with the world’s fastest cruise missile

The BrahMos missile will be tested from the modified Sukhoi Su-30 MKI plane this year. According to Sudhir K. Mishra, CEO and managing director of the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL), “It will take about four to five months to complete the instrument flight test, the dummy test and the actual flight.”

The Sukhoi Su-30 MKI is a twin-seater, highly maneuverable, fourth-generation multirole combat fighter aircraft built by Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau and licensed to India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The plane will serve as the backbone of India’s Air Force through 2020 and beyond. Delhi has already acquired around 200 jets, and eventually plans to acquire 282 of them.

The BrahMos is one of India’s most important missiles. It is a short range—it has a maximum range of around 290 kilometersramjet supersonic cruise missilethat can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It is one of the world’s fastest missiles, and can reach speeds of up to to Mach 2.5 to 2.8, which is three and a half times faster than the United States’ Harpoon cruise missile.

The BrahMos missile also has the capacity of attacking surface targets as low as10 meters in altitude.

The BrahMos has a two-stage propulsion system, and—according to Russian media outlets—has a “solid-propellant rocket for initial acceleration and a liquid-fueled ramjet responsible for sustained supersonic cruise. Air-breathing ramjet propulsion is much more fuel-efficient than rocket propulsion, giving the BrahMos a longer range than a pure rocket-powered missile would achieve.”

The high speed of the missile is thought to give it “better target-penetration characteristics than lighter subsonic cruise-missiles.”

The new Indian modifications to its fighter airplanes increases the BrahMos’ utility against land-based targets. In May 2015, the Indian army successfully tested a version of the BrahMos with steep-diving capability. This would allow it to take out targets hidden behind mountain ranges. The Indian government has placed many BrahMos missiles in the mountainous state of Arunachal Pradesh on its northeast border with China, in addition to its border with Pakistan.

In another development, France has agreed “in principle” to equip the BrahMos with cutting-edge guidance technology.

The Indian Army currently operates four BrahMos missile regiments. However, with the potential enhancements and developments of the missile, the Indian Army is considering raising two further BrahMos missile regiments. India is also looking to export the missile to other countries.



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  • Maria Adams

    “The BrahMos missile also has the capacity of attacking surface targets as low as10 meters in altitude.”, Hmm, OK, so I guess this BraMos is useless against targets shorter than 10 meters in height?? This system would be good ONLY against buildings (and not even enemy bunkers, since bunkers are below ground)….are there any Chinese buildings in the Arunachal area?? this system appears to be USELESS against short/mobile targets, such as MB Tanks, supply trucks, mobile-missile launchers like the DF-21D…perhaps it’s useful against enemy ships, but, Arunachal is a land-warfare issue, not a naval issue!

  • Robert Ferrin

    Another link in the article did state that’s it was primarily a anti-ship missile which is probably why it was developed.!!!!

  • Maria Adams

    I stated that in my last sentence.

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    Through technology purchases, India has made great strides in her capacity to strike using deadly force. Her military now has achieved the capacity to wage a Nuclear war.
    But India severely lacks the defense aspect. Any venture into this area would mean an equal, if not more hostile response from her nuclear rivals. No Indian city has a plan to protect her citizens, nor does India have the capacity or the technology for a viable defensive system.
    Considering she claims to be a Democracy, the devastation if even one single Indian city being hit with a nuclear device could upset the entire social system. Her nuclear rivals are better equipped with defenses and have a kind of government that is capable of suppressing any social upheaval even if they are struck by an Indian nuclear device.
    The only nation I do know, who has a civilian program set in place, is Russia, In Moscow, under her subway system, the former Soviet Union constructed underground bunkers for the citizens of Moscow. That is a rare example

  • Robert Ferrin

    Yes Russia does have plans to protect its citizens which is much more than I can say for this country, which only have plans to protect its government and I wouldn’t be to quick to presume that the military could suppress any social problems if the shtf, for your forgetting that the American people are very well armed, and we have far to many cities to occupy the military might.!!!

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    Your conclusion was not exactly what I expected
    Al I know is of the bunker system in Moscow. Since that was the capital of the Soviet Union when they constructed it, and remains the capital of Russia, it would only serve the government of Russia and the people of Moscow.
    Other defensive aspects of Russia is her sheer size. At 6 million square miles and now half the pop of the Soviet Union, any missile entering her space will have to overcome many hurdles.
    As for the US, it is a different matter. one strike on one American city could cause a social upheaval. If Washington uses strong arm tactics on the US population it could lead to a 2nd civil war where already existing separatist movements (as that in Texas or across the US) could be realized. Then the war with Russia will be a war of Washington D.C. and whatever part of the US wants to be part of it.
    One of the biggest problems of a Democracy is that the security of the nation is a contractual agreement that the people have handed to the Federal government. The Feds then take the full responsibility if the war becomes so intense that citizens in the US die. If you know modern American history wars waged by Washington seldom get the full support of the people. In the case of Russia and Putin the opinions of the people really do not matter.

  • Frank

    Don’t worry China, as long as Pakistan is around India will be pre-occupied.

  • RS Sam

    India must understand that short term successes are futile. They must let go off thiese hegemonic projects and must think of making peace around the world so that their PM dont come on the top list of most dangerous man in the world through google survey.

  • Robert Ferrin

    Very good reply and couldn’t agree more but remember we are a Republic not a democracy, one that the Founding Fathers in their wisdom place an amendment (unlike other countries) that it populace is/should be well armed, for they knew the nature of the beast they had created, a government and like all governments will slip the leash of their constitutional restraints, and of course this is what has happened here in the U.S.!!!.!!!!

  • Sham Sun

    Who gonna believe that India possess largest number of hunger population even far greater than Africa. 2ndly more than 60% of Indian population has no access to basic necessities of life but yet, India ranks top in arms import. It spends more than 40 billion dollars on defense which is worrisome.

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    I agree.
    The US is most likely, the first nation in the modern world that put in her constitution that her citizens have the right to be armed. By doing that we have created a well armed civilian population
    It amazes me when those who stand against this right are the first to arm those pleading for it. When Syrian civilians face the horror of Damascus, Washington has no problem in arming them to defend themselves from their own government
    Those who make excuses of the immorality of private citizens owning guns they point to any nation
    who is at peace and not in a civil war, or where the factions like extremists have taken over that nation.
    They will not point to a nation at crisis. for that is when we Americans arm the civilians of those nations who would point to the US as “barbaric” for letting civilians own guns.

  • Robert Ferrin

    Could’nt agree more as they arm every small country or a group of countries such as the Mid-East to further their own goals of world domination, regardless of the number of deaths it creates while here at home we watch the country slowly sink into a fascist type of state where government business and the banking establishment occupy the same bed regardless of the poverty that it creates,meanwhile the social fabric of the country has been rent to the degree that I have grave doubts that the country can even remain in its entirety, or will split into different sections depending upon its ideology as more and more people turn their backs upon its present form.!!!

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    Got your comment
    what makes it so unpalatable is the moral reasons stated to arm foreign citizens. The “right to defend oneself” is the reason given. That is the same reason in the 2nd amendment.

  • Robert Ferrin

    True and they would love to get rid of our 2nd amendment and have made many assaults upon it, but they simply don’t dare for fear of an uprising among elements of the population which could carry over into other segments of our so called society a society shredded by the assault on religion and the ushering in of the gay movement and feminism which of course was the turning point in the moral compass.!!!

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    Robert
    Simply put, to attack the US population is to see the US end and new nations form. Now we have Waco as an example and that has never been forgotten. You know one of the old American sayings “Remember the Alamo”. citizens defended that place with guns in Texas

  • Riya

    It would really be appreciating if the government of India start counting the number of people who are not feeding properly, who are dying due to malnutrition, unhygienic environment, unclean water, suffering from polio, aids and other chronic diseases and obviously how many toilets are necessary to suffer the nationals in order to let them pee under the shade and not on roads. And yet the government is claiming of its accomplishments in the field of defense.

  • Robert Ferrin

    True indeed Waco Ruby Ridge Kent State Pine Ridge probably will never be forgotten or forgiven nor should they, for its a lesson in an all powerful government but if they are correct in their assumption of the collapse of the financial system, and they probably are then all bets are off the table and anything can and will be done by our military or those it employees.!!!!

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    The collapse of the US financial system will include the collapse of the US dollar. that is markedly different than the Great Depression of the 30’s. One of the main reasons why the Feds can continue to print the US dollar nonstop is because it is still the main world currency (along with the British pound). The US dollar has fallen in the use of world transactions when the Euro came into play, then again when nations bypassed the US currency to trade bilaterally not using the US dollar as in between Russia and China, China and Japan, Iran and other nations. When the use of the dollar drops within a range that makes it basically not the central currency of exchange (say around 30% of world transactions or below), then the Feds cannot print the dollar nonstop. then we have an economic catastrophe no military can help. Read up on the Wheimar Republic of Germany. see what happened to them when the German Mark became worthless. It is estimated over a million Germans starved to death.

  • Robert Ferrin

    True and of course that’s why we are trying to push Russia and I’m not certain just how far they will go to try and save the dollar but I’m sure they will push it right up just short of an nuclear war, a friend who served 20 years in Germany during the cold war and married a German woman told me that in her mothers diary was a letter which stated that by the time her rent reached the landlord that the stamp had already risen in price as to what the rent was, and with the dollar backed by nothing but hot air the same can happen here.!!!

  • Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha

    Thanks for sharing that story of your friend. The American debt is so high that even China may in the future, hesitate to buy our bonds. Both China and Japan hold a good deal of our treasury bonds. but they have been selling them intermittently and have not bought as much as they used to. then it becomes a self fulfilling disaster. less these nations prop up the dollar, the less the dollar plays a role as the international currency of exchange and the more the Feds continue to print the dollar the greater the chance the dollar will crash.