Brahmos was reported to get shorter and more compact versions soon,nowadays. Especially the ones comply with MTCR i guess. @Nilgiri may tell better.Why they put the VLS for SAM at the bow section? That's a radical change from the original design.
Why they choose AShM with VLS? Are we hell-bent on putting Brahmos in this ship?
So they haven't needed to have a VL there, they could place them with oblique launchers. But yeah "stelth".
Even the top-deck cover is uneven, it is inclined to make the VLS fit.