WHY CHINA AND PAKISTAN SCARED OF INDIA’S BRAHMOS MISSILE?

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BRAHMOS missile will be threat for China and Pakistan. As the missile travels at the speed of Mach 2.8 to Mach 3(3,400 – 3,700 km/h) with an accuracy of 1 m it will be very difficult for the enemy countries to intercept it. The missile performs S-manoeuver just a few seconds before impact which makes interception very difficult.

BRAHMOS is a universal long range supersonic cruise missile system that can be launched from land, sea and air. BRAHMOS has been jointly developed by DRDO, India, and NPOM, Russia. The system has been designed with two variants for Anti-Ship and Land-Attack roles. BRAHMOS Weapon Systems has been inducted and is operational with the Indian Navy (IN) as well as the Indian Army (IA).

The missile’s name is a portmanteau of the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva in India and Russia, respectively.

The BrahMos is actually slightly faster at Mach 2.8 than the P-800(Soviet / Russian supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya). It also weighs twice as much as a Tomahawk (subsonic cruise missile used by USA), at six thousand pounds.

The combination of twice the weight and four times greater speed as a Tomahawk result in vastly more kinetic energy when striking the target. Despite having a smaller warhead, the effects on impact are devastating.

Even more importantly, the BrahMos ability to maintain supersonic speeds while skimming at low altitude makes it very difficult to detect and intercept. To cap it off, the BrahMos performs an evasive “S-maneuver” shortly before impact, making it difficult to shoot down at close range.

A modern ship targeted by the BrahMos could respond with layered defenses to shoot down the missiles: ripple-fired medium- and short-range anti aircraft missiles and close-range CIWS. But an effective attack would involve firing multiple missiles in order to overwhelm these defensive countermeasures.


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