India is all ready to launch the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile this week to upgrade its deadly precision-strike weapon into a deep-surgical one, the Times of India reported. This missile travels near about three times more than sound at Mach 2.8, which will be launched from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet as a test-firing exercise. The TOI article said that together the fighter jet has a cruising range of 3,200 km and the precision-strike missile would arise as a “deadly combination”.
The defense ministry sources told the newspaper that a lighter BrahMos missile will be test-fired from a twin-engine Sukhoi fighter this week over the Bay of Bengal. The missile can possibly be used for surgical strikes on units of terror outfits located in the insides of enemy territory, sources told the newspaper. On the other hand, it can abolish underground nuclear bunkers and other vital military targets like aircraft carriers on the international waters from far away. Following India has last year joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) of 34 countries, the limit on the proliferation of missiles and drones over the range of 300-km was removed. That’s why the armed forces a testing a BrahMos with a longer range of 450 km.
The BrahMos is an alliance between India’s Defense Research Development Organization and Russian rocket-design organization NPO Mashinostroyeniya. This missile is named after the Brahmaputra River in India and Moskva River in Russia. According to the sources, the article says that 42 Sukhoi fighter jets would be armed with BrahMos missiles following the weapons have been tested successfully numerous times. As of now, IAF has already invested 240 of the 272 twin-seat Sukhois, which were attained from Russia on a deal for over USD 12 billion. Talking about the development of a hypersonic version of the BrahMos, it is also proceeding. This would be proficient in flying at a speed of over Mach 5 compared to the present Mach 2.8.