Russian manufacturer started work on boosting BrahMos Missile’s range #Hindustan360

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Russian-Indian BrahMos short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles, currently produced for India’s armed forces, may gain an extended range variant by 2019, the missile’s Russian manufacturer said Friday. View more at #Hindustan360.

REUTOV (Sputnik) — In late 2016, Indian Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre announced that India and Russia agreed to increase the range of BrahMos missiles by some 300 kilometers (185 miles), thus doubling its current range. Russian President Vladimir Putin also stated that the joint missile will be upgraded after agreements reached during a high-level bilateral summit in Goa last October.

We are starting this work already, the first part will be research, and the second will be implementation. As usual, this will take two or three years. The range will be increased significantly. Mayby not several times by it will be notable.
NPO Mashinostroyenia Director, General Alexander Leonov.

India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016, thus paving the way for boosting the range of its missiles. Russia, a member since the 1990s, could not supply missiles with a range of over 300 kilometers and with a payload of over 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) to India under conditions of the MTCR.

The BrahMos missiles, based on Russia’s P-800 Oniks (Yakhont) cruise missile and produced jointly by NPO Mashinostroyenia and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), can be launched from naval vehicles, including submarines, as well as aircraft and land-based launchers. The two-stage missile is armed with 200 and 300-kilogram warheads.

Production history

Manufacturer BrahMos Aerospace Limited
Unit cost US$ 2.73 million
Variants Ship-launched
Surface-launched
Submarine-launched
Air-launched
BrahMos-II
Specifications
Weight 3,000 kg (6,600 lb)
2,500 kg (5,500 lb) (air-launched)
Length 8.4 m (28 ft)
Diameter 0.6 m (2.0 ft)
Warhead 200 kg (440 lb) conventional semi-armour-piercing and nuclear
300 kg (660 lb) (air-launched)

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  • Special Features of BrahMos Missile:

    * Universal for multiple platforms
    * “Fire and Forget” principle of operation
    * High supersonic speed all through the flight
    * Long flight range with varieties of flight trajectories
    * Low radar signature
    * Shorter flight times leading to lower target dispersion and quicker engagement
    * Pin point accuracy with high lethal power aided by large kinetic energy on impact