Flying the Flag ! BrahMos at IMDS 2017
The sole Indian representation among the few foreign participants at IMDS and models of Indian combat assets took centre stage at the company’s stand, buttressed by the ever-energetic presence of Praveen Pathak, General Manager (Market Promotion and Export).
He reported a great deal of interest from export customers, and indeed one stand over the course of the week, particularly awed by the ship-launched variant of the missile. Although BrahMos has been tested for underwater vertical launch (from a submerged pontoon), the missile is not expected to be among the from 533mm torpedo tubes. Rubin’s Andrey Baranov expressed his bureau’s keen on a VLS system aboard a conventional submarine. In addition to the diameter being too large for torpedo tubes, the nearly nine-metre length of the of which are usually no taller than 7-8 metres. “We are ready to integrate it,” said Baranov, “but if the requirements are frozen, it is useless to offer something
On the other hand, there was good news on the air-launched front, with six out of six airborne separation trials now successfully completed, paving the way in the July-August time frame, and will involve a fully-guided live launch against a ship target, as opposed to the more common practice of conducted a number of will be cued by GPS data, with the seeker taking over in the terminal phase.
BrahMos Aerospace is also separately working on two range extension and no external dimensional changes, will increase the range of the base missile to 450 km (up from the original MTCR-limited 300-km range). The second is a programme to further develop the missile to endow it with an 800-km range.
More distant is a proposal to miniaturise the missile, expanding the number of combat aircraft types that will be able to carry the weapon, and also enabling tube-launch from submarines.