Source – The Print ( Snehesh Alex Philip)
BrahMos difficult to intercept by surface-to-air missiles
Unlike the land-launched, the air version of BrahMos gives military planners more options to hit deeper targets which would otherwise be out of range. This is because the Sukhois have a range of 1,500 kilometres and hence can hit long distance targets with the cruise missile.
The IAF had tested the extended range of the missile in May.
The Navy also has the BrahMos missiles integrated with a certain class of its warships.
Sources said there were certain software changes that had to be made for extending the missile’s range and this was done with the help of Russians.
BrahMos missiles are manufactured in India under a joint venture that was formed in 1998 between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya.
The name BrahMos is a portmanteau of the names of two rivers — India’s Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moskva.
The missile has a maximum speed of 2.8 Mach (around 3,450 kmph or 2,148 mph), and is difficult to intercept by surface-to-air missiles currently deployed from warships across the world. It also has an immense ability to evade radars.
The missile’s cruising altitude can be up to 15 km, and the lowest it can fly is 10 metres above the surface and is capable of carrying a conventional warhead (non-nuclear) weighing 200-300 kg.