BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

The BrahMos Aerospace Limited, the joint venture between DRDO of India and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia, plans to sign $1 billion worth of new contracts by the end of this year.

 BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

  • The names of Brahmaputra river and Moskva rivers, BrahMos missiles are designed, developed and produced by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture company set up by DRDO and Mashinostroyenia of Russia.

Multiple versions of the supersonic cruise missile

  • It  including those which can be fired from land, warships, submarines and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets
  • The BrahMos is a medium-range supersonic missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land-based platforms.
  • It is considered to be the fastest supersonic missile in the world that can achieve a speed 2.8 times the speed of sound.
  • The land attack version of BrahMos has the capability of cruising at 2.8 Mach speed and with the upgraded capability,
  • The missile can hit targets at a range of upto 400 kilometers with precision.
  • Advanced versions of range above 1,000 kilometers and speed upto 5 Mach are said to be under development.
  • BrahMos Aerospace was Established in 1998, specializes in producing cruise missiles and supporting equipment, such as launchers and missile guidance systems.

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