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The ongoing war in Ukraine has triggered a surge in interest in the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, with makers witnessing a significant increase in sales inquiries from countries reassessing their missile arsenals. Sources familiar with the matter attribute this surge to the perceived limitations of subsonic cruise missiles highlighted by the conflict.

Reports suggest that subsonic cruise missiles deployed by Russia in Ukraine have faced an interception success rate exceeding 60%, hindering their effectiveness against heavily defended targets. This stands in stark contrast to the BrahMos’ predecessor, the P-800 Oniks, a supersonic cruise missile boasting an interception success rate below 10% even when targeting highly defended areas.

Industry experts claim that BrahMos’ superiority extends beyond hardware, with its advanced software further reducing interception rates to potentially less than 5%. This claim is supported by recent studies conducted by independent analysts.

BrahMos has already secured orders from the Philippines and is currently in active discussions with four other countries. The Ukraine war, with its stark contrast in performance between subsonic and supersonic missiles, seems to be validating the Indian developers’ long-held stance that BrahMos remains “undefeated and difficult to intercept.”

The Ukraine war has undoubtedly placed a spotlight on the limitations of subsonic cruise missiles and the potential advantages of supersonic counterparts like BrahMos. This has led to renewed interest in the missile system, but it remains to be seen whether this translates into concrete orders and further strengthens BrahMos’ position in the global arms market.

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