SUCCESSFUL FIRING OF BRAHMOS AIR LAUNCHED MISSILE
22, May 2019
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GS 3: Science & Technology – Awareness In The Fields Of It, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-Technology
Why in News?
IAF successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
- The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory
before directly hitting the land target.
- The air launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with ranges of close to 300 km, designed and developed by BAPL.
- The IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target.
- The BrahMos is a ramjet supersonic cruise missile of a short-range developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia.
- The missile can be launched from land, aircraft, ships and submarines.
- The technology used in this joint venture is based on Russian cruise missile (sea skimming) and the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile.
- The cruise missile derives its name from portmanteau formed from the names of the river Brahmaputra of India and the river Moskva of Russia.
- BrahMos travels at the speed of 2.8 to 3.0 Mach making it world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile that is currently in operation.