Seven Countries Mull Buying Russian Su-30MKI With BrahMos Cruise Missiles
12:18 19.02.2017(updated 16:06 19.02.2017)
Six countries in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East consider buying Russia’s new Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets armed with BrahMos cruise missiles, BrahMos Aerospace representative Previn Pahtak told Sputnik.
Chief executive of the Indian-Russian joint venture, Sudhir Mishra, earlier said that the test launch of an airborne version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from an Su-30MKI was slated within the next two months.
“We have requests from seven countries in Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East, which already have Su-30s. They keep a close eye on the ongoing trials and once we are through, we are going to have many new buyers,” Previn Pahtak said.
He added that BrahMos Aerospace could simultaneously supply airborne cruise missiles for the Indian Air Force and customers abroad.
Russia showcased over 400 pieces of military hardware during the Aero India 2017 Expo held at an Indian Air Force base in Bengaluru on February 15-18.
The event focused on aerospace, defense, civil aviation, airport infrastructure and defense engineering.
The Russian exhibit, organized by the state arms exporter Rosoboronexport, included a fifth-generation fighter jet and the latest attack helicopter models.
Over forty Russian defense sector companies took part, including Almaz-Antei, the United Aircraft Corporation, MiG and the Sukhoi Company.
The 2.5 metric ton supersonic BrahMos air-to-ground missile will be fired from an Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft that has already undergone modifications to accommodate the new weapon.
A hypersonic version of the BrahMos cruise missile, capable of flying at up to 5,000 kilometers per hour, is expected to be created by 2020.
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BrahMos supersonic cruise missile
The BRAHMOS is a short-range supersonic cruise missile, that can carry nuclear warhead. It was jointly developed by India and Russia. The BRAHMOS Aerospace joint venture was established in 1998 and started working on the project. The acronym BRAHMOS is an abbreviation of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and Moskva of Russia. The missile was first test fired in 2001.
The BRAHMOS entered service with the Indian armed forces in 2006. This missile has been adopted by Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. Some sources report that Indian armed forces have a total requirement for about 1 000 of these missiles. This cruise missile is also being proposed for export customers from 14 countries.
The BRAHMOS is based on the Russian P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship cruise missile. The missile is 9 m long and has a diameter of 0.7 m. It has a two-stage propulsion system. It uses solid-fuel rocket booster for initial acceleration and liquid-fuel ramjet for sustained supersonic cruise. The booster is ejected by the airflow after it has burned out.
This missile has a range of 290-300 km. It can carry nuclear warhead, or 200-300 kg conventional warhead. The range is limited to 300 km, as Russia is a signatory of the Missile Technology Control Regime, which prohibits it from helping other countries develop missiles with ranges above 300 km.
The BRAHMOS is one of the fastest cruise missiles in the world. It travels at supersonic speed and can gain a speed of Mach 2.8 (3 430 km/h). This missile was developed primarily as an anti-ship missile, however there are also land attack versions. This cruise missile has GPS/GLONASS/GAGAN satellite guidance. It uses US, Russian or Indian navigation satellites and has a pin-point accuracy. At a maximum range it can hit a target as small as 1.5 x 1.5 m. It is a fire-and-forget type missile.
|Missile length||9 m|
|Missile diameter||0.7 m|
|Missile weight||3 000 kg|
|Warhead weight||up to 300 kg|
|Warhead type||nuclear, conventional|
|Range of fire||290-300 km|
BRAHMOS data military-today.com
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