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Globally acknowledged for its speed, precision and power, the BrahMos missile system has handed the Indian armed forces a tactical advantage over rivals by enriching them with the latest knock-down capabilities acquired in the two decades of its glorious journey

The Indian Army, one of the world’s largest standing armies, is outfitted with massive conventional and strategic weapon systems to defend and protect the nation’s sovereignty and integrity from a slew of security threats. The Indian Army, operating from the country’s most challenging and sensitive terrains, has successfully carried out several complicated operations to protect the nation from any internal or external threats.

The introduction of high-tech precise weaponry has greatly increased the lethality of future combat, and India is currently reorganising its mechanised forces to attain strategic mobility and high-volume firepower for fast thrusts into enemy territory.

Versatile weapons like the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile play an important part in current battlefields since it outperforms the world’s most popular cruise missiles in terms of velocity, flight range, and kill energy range by three times. BrahMos is unique with its better weapon efficacy, reliability, multi-platform, multi-mission and multi-target capability. With its diversity, potential, and striking capabilities, the sophisticated weapon system has maintained a competitive advantage over the world’s other missiles/weapons.

BrahMos has left an immaculate impression with a string of successful launches and following swift induction by the Indian Army, Navy, and Air Force. The weapon system, based on a transportable automatic launcher, ship, submarine or aircraft, can be launched quickly without additional preparations. Possession of such a weapon system with the specific potential of striking down and annihilating all types of enemy targets in various locations and environments is a significant advantage.

The Indian Army is the only land force in the world possessing a supersonic weapon capable of surgical strikes. BrahMos’ mobile land-based configuration has seen numerous developments over the years, with Block I, Block II, and Block III versions each having their own particular capacity to hit and destroy enemy targets. The missile has also been successfully tested for launching in steep dive mode, allowing it to be used in mountainous terrain. The missile system’s deep penetration capabilities against hardened targets has also been proven. The Army has been using the land-attack version of BrahMos since 2007.

The BrahMos missile, the mainstay of the Army’s artillery firepower, is known for its fastest reaction time from cold stage to launch readiness within a few minutes, and once the target data is acquired and transmitted to the onboard computer, including expected countermeasures in its path, the most optimal trajectory is given to the commander by the weapon complex’s Fire Control system. Once selected, the missile takes off in the predetermined path with high accuracy, which is regularly updated by the Satellite Navigation System. The Indian Army, on the other hand, has a major edge in terms of terrain.

The BrahMos Joint Venture, formed by an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) signed on February 12, 1998, between India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia, has achieved a number of significant milestones since its beginning. The JV has effectively incorporated India’s and Russia’s defence sectors in the production of the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile System. It has also brought together a number of skilled defence enterprises and laboratories from both collaborating countries in developing and producing various sub-systems for the universal missile system, giving the Indian Armed Forces a distinct advantage.

It is the unwavering efforts and professional leadership of the whole BrahMos team, including the consortium of more than 206 Indian enterprises and several Russian industries, R&D, that has made this possible.

BrahMos Aerospace has achieved multiple historic milestones and many ‘firsts’ in the country over its two-decade journey. BrahMos has also emerged as a possible weapon of choice, with various countries across continents expressing great interest in the flexible weapon. BrahMos Aerospace inked a historic defence export contract with the Philippines in January 2022 for the delivery of the BrahMos Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile system to the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Because of its “speed, precision, and power,” BrahMos has provided additional punch and strike capability for the three services and is regarded as an essential weapon system. Over the years, the cutting-edge weapon system has developed from strength to strength, adding new capabilities to meet a variety of conflict scenarios.

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