India’s Supersonic BrahMos Cruise Missile Should Terrify Pakistan (And China)

    Zachary Keck

    Security, Asia

    Thanks to some big upgrades that are coming. 

    India is preparing to test a new, long-range version of its supersonic BrahMos cruise missile this year, according to local media reports.

    On January 20, the Hindustan Times reported India is “laying the groundwork” to test a new 800km version of its BrahMos cruise missile. The test is expected to take place some time in 2018. “It will be a significant leap forward for the BrahMos project. Air force fighters will be able to attack targets from increased standoff ranges,” the report quoted a second source familiar with the program as saying.

    The test was largely expected after the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India’s premier defense technology agency, announced that it was developing an 800km variant of the missile in February 2017. The following month, in March 2017, India test fired a 400km version of the BrahMos missile. As the Hindustan Times report points out, the extended range BrahMos missiles were made possible by India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016. India jointly developed the missile with Russia, and the MTRC restricts its members from sharing a missile with a range greater than 300km with a nonmember of the treaty.

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