Successful test of a new Indian hypersonic missile that will enter service soon
NEW DELHI, (BM) – India continues to grow its defense industry, especially in the face of recent Chinese confrontations and looming real dangers in the Ladakh region. According to the Indian edition of Indian Times, New Delhi has already performed tests on the latest hypersonic missile of the Indian Missile Forces, namely the Shaurya missile, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to familiar experts, this missile has a short range of action, suggesting that we are talking about a range of damage within 800 km. Sources claim that the last tests were today (Saturday, October 3 – ed.) And very soon the Indian Armed Forces will be able to bring it into combat readiness to defend the state territory.
What you need to know, however, is that the missile did not take off at hypersonic speed, but reached the desired hypersonic speed in the last stage of flight, just before hitting the target with precise accuracy. Only a lighter version of the missile, from the one that has already been tested, is to be developed.
Indian President Narendra Modi continues to invest in the development of local research and development, such as the Shaurya missile, which seeks to make India more independent of foreign military proposals and ensure the necessary self-sufficiency in the armaments of the Indian army and units. for the defense of the Asian country.
We remind you that together with Moscow, New Delhi has developed and put into operation and on combat duty hypersonic missile BrahMos, which has the ability to hit targets at distances of up to 400 km and is one of the prides of the Indian defense.
Russia and India to create a missile to destroy AWACS aircraft
In mid-September this year, information emerged in the Indian and Russian media that the two countries were working together to create a missile designed to destroy airborne early warning and control aircraft [AWACS].
We are talking about the already available technology of the hypersonic Indo-Russian BrahMos missile, but this time in the version of the cruise missile, designed to hit and destroy targets in the air, ie. air-to-air class.
What is known so far, according to Russian sources, is that by the middle of 2024 the missile must have already been manufactured and even tested in order to be able to serve in both the Russian army and the Indian army.
AWACS is an electronic reconnaissance and control system that is installed on aircraft and helicopters and is designed to detect enemy targets [in the air, land and water] at a great distance, direct weapons or interceptors to them, and coordinate the actions of allied forces and related tasks. In the Russian literature, the term AWACS [long-range radar detection and control system] is used.
India fired an unusual guided missile from a tank and bothered China
On September 25 this year according to information spread on social networks and especially on Twitter, the Indian Army has conducted a successful test of the launch of GLATGM [Gun Launched Anti Tank Guided Missile] from the main armament tank, namely Arjun.
According to local sources, this test was performed on September 23 this year at the Ahmednagar test site. Experts believe that this missile can be used by various launchers, and apparently this is so after the Indians managed to fire it from the said tank. What is known so far from the report of the Indian authorities is that the projectile has reached a target at a distance of 3 km.
The projectile is equipped with a tandem cumulative anti-tank warhead with infrared targeting. Military experts say that this projectile is successfully and most effectively able to increase the tank’s combat power, as it is built on the principle of “a balanced combination of conventional and intelligent tank ammunition.”
Belgian experts claim that the same projectile can be successfully used not only by Indian tanks but also by Russian tanks, as India uses the base of Russian tanks to build its Arjun. Russia also has similar missiles, but they were developed in the Soviet era and have laser targeting as an additional feature. But experts say that the Russian missiles, analogous to the Indian, differ in the range of defeat and the distance to reach the target.
As far as we know, the Russian missiles in question have a range of 4 to 5 km.
Back in India, experts say that based on the tests, New Delhi is likely to abandon the purchase of their Russian counterparts, as they already have the technology to develop them, which would significantly optimize military spending.
“India is proud of the DRDO team working to reduce import dependence,” Defense Minister Rajnat Singh said after testing on September 23rd.
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