Date : 27 Dec 2021
Brahmos Missile Manufacturing in IndiaTags :
Why in News?
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurates the Brahmos missile manufacturing unit in Lucknow.
About the Missile
- The state-of-the-art cruise missiles are designed and produced by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.
- The name BrahMos is comes from combining the names of India’s Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moskva rivers.
- The world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, BrahMos is a part of the arsenal of all three arms of the Indian defense forces - Army, Navy, and Air Force.
- Different versions of BrahMos exist which can be fired from land, from the water via warships and submarines, and from the air via the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets.
- The Indian Navy and Army have had BrahMos capabilities since 2005 and 2007 respectively. In 2019, version entered service with the Air Force.
- It is a two-stage missile with ranges 290 kilometers in the earliest versions to around 400 kilometers with the newer versions.
- The first stage is a solid propellant booster while the second is a liquid ramjet.
- Versions with higher ranges up to 1000 kilometers are currently under development.
- Sukhoi-30s armed with BrahMos missiles and having a range of 1,500 kilometers act as a key tool of strategic deterrence to hostile neighbors across land borders as well as India’s ocean waters.
Sources: The Hindu, Times of India