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BrahMos Aerospace, a formidable India-Russia Defense Joint Venture, marked a significant milestone on May 31, 2023, by celebrating ’25 Supersonic Years of Success’ during the ‘BRAHMOS Users Meet 2023.’ This momentous occasion highlights the enduring legacy of the BrahMos cruise missile, known for its supersonic speed and unparalleled effectiveness. Despite being in service for a quarter of a century, BrahMos continues to be a challenging missile to intercept, and the makers are confident that it will maintain its superiority for the next two decades.

BrahMos, a collaborative effort between India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPOM, remains a technological marvel. Its supersonic speed, flying at Mach 3, makes it a formidable weapon that poses a significant challenge to modern interceptor missiles and air defence systems. The missile’s ability to fly at low altitudes, maneuver skillfully, and strike both sea and land targets further complicates interception attempts. It is no wonder that BrahMos has earned a reputation for being difficult to intercept.

While BrahMos continues to be a dominant force in the world of cruise missiles, there is recognition that advancements in interceptor missile technology are in the works. Modern interceptor missiles are being developed to counter near-hypersonic projectiles like BrahMos, but mastering these technologies is expected to take at least 10-15 years. Thus, BrahMos is well-positioned to maintain its supremacy for the next two decades.

BrahMos Aerospace is not resting on its laurels and is committed to improving its already formidable missile. One key focus is enhancing the current Ramjet engine of the BrahMos, to increase its speed to nearly Mach 4.5. This boost in speed will further solidify its position as an unbeatable missile for the next 20 years.

Looking ahead, BrahMos Aerospace is planning to develop BrahMos-II, a next-generation cruise missile expected to reach speeds of Mach 6-7. This ambitious project is slated for completion in the next five years, with production anticipated within the following decade. As BrahMos-II takes centre stage, the current-gen BrahMos will remain in service for at least two more decades, ensuring a smooth transition in the Indian Armed Forces’ inventory.

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