SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
India and Russia are in talks in enhancing current Generation BrahMos cruise missile range from 292 km to 600 km which will make world’s deadliest supersonic cruise missile just more deadly in capacity but it is the next alternation of the missile which can be dubbed has a “Game Changer ” and an offensive weapons system which can change course of war and blunt any offensive capabilities of rivals .
Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) who have jointly created BrahMos Aerospace are planning to develop NG (Next Generation ) variant which will be lighter and smaller in size. but will come with an additional punch to overwhelm future defence capabilities of enemies.
Russia and India are discussing in enhancing the current speed of Mach 3 to Mach 3.5 to 5 in BrahMos-NG using a new enhanced engine adapted from the current engine used in the BrahMos. NG will be 3 meters shorter than the 9-metre long BrahMos and will weight only 1600 kgs and will incorporate advanced stealth capabilities along with electronic countermeasures which can defeat all countermeasures and defence missile systems.
BrahMos-NG will be highly advanced, precise and lethal cruise missile cruise missile which will have all platform capabilities and can be carried in all fighter aircraft including Mig-29, Mirage-2000 capability and can also be fired from torpedo tube launch from submarine fleet operated by Indian Navy.
BrahMos was first test fired in 2001 and still continues to carry same fearsome reputation and is still unbeatable by defensive missile system but has technology evolves, BrahMos Aerospace had calculated that rivals might have developed a counter-weapon in a decade or two and to maintain BrahMos edge new Hypersonic weapon system was planned but due to advancement in research and technologies it was planned to first develop Smaller BrahMos-NG so that Hypersonic variant dubbed BrahMos-2K can emerge by 2025 .