BrahMos missile family might change the rules of the game, US said

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WASHINGTON, (BM) – The BrahMos missile family, created by the alliance of Russia and India, might change the rules of the game. This is stated in the publication of the American edition of The National Interest, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

Read more: The Indian Su-30MKIs will already carry the supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles

The columnist for the American publication, Caleb Larson, notes that BrahMos rockets are a product of a Russian-Indian joint venture. To date, the BrahMos program has developed a direct-flow supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from a ship, from the ground, from the air and from a submarine.

When developing a ramjet engine, Russian technologies were used, and the Indian side was responsible for launchers, mission software and inertial navigation systems.

“The ramjet engine is what makes the BrahMos rocket unique in the arsenal of India. He is capable of speeds up to Mach 3-3.5. The high speed of the rocket makes it difficult to intercept,” the observer of the American publication believes.

Caleb Larson notes that while BrahMos is a fast rocket, its successor, BrahMos-II, currently under development, could change the rules of the game. BrahMos-2 is a hypersonic missile that must travel at speeds above 5 Machs.

Read more: Indian Air Force Included Its First BrahMos Cruise Missile Into Active Service

The observer of the American publication draws the attention of readers to the fact that hypersonic missiles reduce the reaction time of missile defense and give command posts or computers much less time to respond to a threat.

“Hypersonic weapons are very maneuverable. Shooting it down was comparable to firing a bullet with another bullet,” says the publication The National Interest.

BrahMos II is powered by an engine that is somewhat similar to a ram engine, but capable of much greater speeds exceeding 6 Machs. According to Indian media reports, BrahMos-2 should be tested this year, although the start date is constantly being delayed.

Caleb Larson writes that initially India relies on Russian developments, especially those related to engines. Today, New Delhi hopes that in the future most of the components will be produced domestically, regardless of Russian specialists.

Read more: The Russian-Indian BrahMos Missiles to be Integrated on India’s Foreign Fighter Aircraft

Earlier, PolitRussia said that the military observer of Komsomolskaya Pravda Viktor Baranets compared the latest American Miniature Air Launched Decoy – Navy (MALD-N) missile with a flying bucket.

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