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Dr. Pillai, could you please tell our readers about the
unique features of BRAHMOS?
First of all, the design flexibility and simplicity of use
to meet the requirements of Army, Navy and Air Force
provides unsurpassable capability of precisely hitting
targets on land or sea. The BRAHMOS supersonic cruise
missile is capable of being launched from any type of
Secondly, the stealth feature in its design and
supersonic speed enables BRAHMOS to penetrate the air
defenses of any enemy. The high cruise speed minimizes
the period of detection; relatively small cross-section
makes it invisible for radars; variable trajectory with low
cruising altitude in the zone of active defense ensures
100% destruction of any target. That is why BRAHMOS is
considered as one of the most successful projects in the
field of critical high technology weaponry. In other words,
the missile has become a jewel in the crown, which has
been crafted by the hard work and talent of our teams
from India and Russia.
Dr. Pillai, can you tell us about the naval version of
BRAHMOS and its latest achievements?
I would like to state that on 20th March this year we
carried out a very successful underwater launch of
BRAHMOS from a submerged platform in vertical
configuration. The successful test-firing validated that
BRAHMOS is now ready for deployment in vertical
launchers onboard the submarines. Over the years, our
missile has become an ultimate striking weapon for the
surface combatants of the Indian Navy. The most recent
instance involving the successful launch of a BRAHMOS
missile from the frigate INS Tarkash on 22nd May 2013.
Along with two sister frigates (INS Teg and INS
Trikand) under project 11356, built at the Kaliningrad
based Yantar shipyard in Russia, INS Tarkash has
successfully entered service with the Indian Navy. Each
frigate is equipped with 8 vertical launched BRAHMOS
missile system as the “prime strike weapon” to allow the
vessel to undertake a variety of combat missions against
So now, BRAHMOS has been successfully tested in the
sea-to-sea, sea-to-land, sub-sea -to-ship and sub-sea -
to-land firing, to prove its readiness for any mission.
It is understood that Yantar is building six frigates for
the Russian Navy on relatively the same project as
11356. Do you expect these ships to be equipped with
the BRAHMOS missiles as well?
Well, this is very logical, as BRAHMOS is a joint product
and the Inter Governmental Agreement stipulates such
conditions on the part of two Governments. We have
been in a constant discussion with the Russian political
and military authorities to find out a positive response.
We are very hopeful that the Russian Navy will adopt
Whom do you expect to become the next customer
outside of India and Russia?
BRAHMOS has attracted a strong interest from over 14
countries, particularly for the naval version. We expect
several export contracts to be signed with nations
friendly to both India and Russia in the near future.
Apart from the naval application, BRAHMOS has a
number of other variants. Could you tell us briefly
The Indian Army has three regiments equipped with the
BRAHMOS Block-I and Block-II missiles that have the
capability to discriminate the specific target amongst
a cluster. The Block-III ground-to-ground test firings
have been completed successfully with steep dive and
maneuvering capabilities for mountain operations, and
this variant will enter the Indian Army shortly.
We have also made considerable progress in the air-
version project of BRAHMOS. The Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited (HAL) plant at Nasik has almost completed
the upgrades on the first two Su-30MKIs, which will be
armed with our missile. By December 2013 we will carry
out all the tests with the BRAHMOS full size mock-ups
while the real missile firing has been scheduled in June
next year. We hope that the first Su-30MKI equipped with
BRAHMOS will enter service with the Indian Air Force by
the end of 2015.
Thank you very much, Dr. Pillai.
The world’s most lethal
supersonic cruise missile
BRAHMOS is a product of India-
Russia JV which has been
impressing Indian Armed Forces
since it was first launched in 2001.
Our correspondent spoke to the
head of the BRAHMOS program,
Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO & MD
of BrahMos Aerospace in the lead
up to Pacific 2013.
Successful launch of missile from submerged platform
Dr. S . Pillai, Brahmos CEO
BRAHMOS – is a universal tactical two-stage supersonic cruise missile
with a range of 290 km and speed up to 1000 m/s. The missile carries
a 300-kg warhead. Missile length is 9 m, with 0.7 m diameter and
launching mass with container – 3900 kg.
BRAHMOS - Ultimate firepower for Navy
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