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India on Sunday successfully test fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai, with the weapon hitting a pre-designated target in the Arabian Sea, the defence ministry said in a statement.

The 290-km range missile --- an Indo-Russian joint venture --- has land, air and naval variants.

“The missile hit the target with pin-point accuracy after performing high-level and extremely complex manoeuvres. BrahMos as prime strike weapon will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the destroyer another lethal platform of Indian Navy,” it said.

The missile has a top speed of Mach 2.8 --- nearly three times the speed of sound.

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Some salient points:

Existing missiles can be upgraded (range extension).

Air launched version range also to be increased.

Seeker (RF) indigenisation underway and to be ready soon. Seeker (optical) to start soon.

Plans to increase current model to near Mach 5.

Brahmos II - to be hypersonic, to use DRDO scramjet

Brahmos NG underway, same range as current, smaller size/weight, can be deployed on more platforms.

Submarine launched Brahmos - if navy shows interest, ready to go

Export plans/policy - MEA/PMO matter
 

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COVID restrictions have lifted and work has resumed. I am suddenly swamped with work, that's why I haven't been posting much recently.

Seeker (RF) indigenisation underway and to be ready soon. Seeker (optical) to start soon.

Not optical but a high resolution X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar(SAR) with monopulse homing capability.

Pics of the seeker:


Submarine launched Brahmos - if navy shows interest, ready to go
Go where ? None of our SSKs have VLS anyway.


Oh and the Stand Off Anti-Tank(SANT) missile was tested today. Another one tomorrow :


The missile has 20km range with both LOBL & LOAL modes. Probably fired from an IAF Mi-35 attack helo. Here is an old photo of the SANT being fired off from the Mi-35 :
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Here is a HELINA being fired from the ALH Rudra :
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The 2 missiles are almost identical because they are members of the same family. The HELINA is IR guided 7km range. The SANT has a W-band active homing seeker.

There is another variant of the missile known as the Dhruvastra which is almost the same as HELINA but it features a Jet Vane Control :
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The Dhruvastra has LOAL or LOBL modes. In addition to the top attack :


& direct attack capability :


Since Dhruvastra has more features & capabilities it is likely to enter service. HELINA was probably a TD project. Its likely both the Dhruvastra & SANT will be used to arm drones in the future.
 

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@Gautam @Rajaraja Chola @Milspec @Paro @Zapper @Joe Shearer et al, interested if you have any comments...


Some salient points:

Existing missiles can be upgraded (range extension).

Air launched version range also to be increased.

Seeker (RF) indigenisation underway and to be ready soon. Seeker (optical) to start soon.

Plans to increase current model to near Mach 5.

Brahmos II - to be hypersonic, to use DRDO scramjet

Brahmos NG underway, same range as current, smaller size/weight, can be deployed on more platforms.

Submarine launched Brahmos - if navy shows interest, ready to go

Export plans/policy - MEA/PMO matter

All these updates and news were always there. Infact Vietnam has been requesting the missiles for quite sometime. We didn't sell it for one we know which country relationship.

Atleast in missile scenario I am not worried by their development. I am worried by the budgetary allocation to actually induct these missiles when ready. Our budget is stretched and even BMD hasn't been sanctioned though it's ready since last 3-4 years. They would be formidable defence when inducted in significant numbers. Any country would think twice before doing some mischief.
 

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Not optical but a high resolution X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar(SAR) with monopulse homing capability.

I was assuming they would have a dual mode seeker for the 2nd version (I think he implies ready in about 2 years).

But seems you are correct, this is basically X-band improvement for jamming resistance....and 1st version ready soon will be basic indigenous version of the current one that's mechanically steered I assume.

Go where ? None of our SSKs have VLS anyway.

I was thinking for now it can be tested with Arihant...provided Navy modifies Arihant FCS for it etc given VLS tube there is obv big enough physically and we can compare with K-15 dimensionally.

The interview itself was in context of project 75.
 

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@Gautam @Rajaraja Chola @Milspec @Paro @Zapper @Joe Shearer et al, interested if you have any comments...


Some salient points:

Existing missiles can be upgraded (range extension).

Air launched version range also to be increased.

Seeker (RF) indigenisation underway and to be ready soon. Seeker (optical) to start soon.

Plans to increase current model to near Mach 5.

Brahmos II - to be hypersonic, to use DRDO scramjet

Brahmos NG underway, same range as current, smaller size/weight, can be deployed on more platforms.

Submarine launched Brahmos - if navy shows interest, ready to go

Export plans/policy - MEA/PMO matter
Until Brahmos M is released I will be a bit skeptical about all these plans.
 

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Final user trial of 3rd generation Anti Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) NAG was carried out today on 22 Oct 2020 at 0645 hrs from Pokhran range. The missile was integrated with the actual warhead and a tank target was kept at designated range. This was launched from NAG Missile Carrier NAMICA. The missile hit the target accurately defeating the armour.

ATGM NAG has been developed by DRDO to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in day and night conditions. The missile has “Fire & Forget” “Top Attack” capabilities with passive homing guidance to defeat all MBTs equipped with composite and reactive armour.

The NAG missile carrier NAMICA is a BMP II based system with amphibious capability. With this final user trial, NAG will enter into production phase. The missile will be produced by Defence PSU Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL), whereas Ordinance Factory Medak will produce the NAMICA.

 
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