Air version of BrahMos Missile

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    Why in the News?

    • Recently, the Air version of BrahMos was test-fired from Sukhoi 30 MKI supersonic fighter aircraft.

    BrahMos 

    • About:
      • Named after the Brahmaputra river of India and Moskva river of Russia.
      • BrahMos is a Joint Venture between India (DRDO) and Russia (NPOM) for the development, production and marketing of the supersonic cruise missile.
    • Features:
      • It is a 2 stage missile with solid propellant (Stage 1) which gives it supersonic speed and liquid ramjet (Stage 2) increase its speed to Mach 3 in the cruise phase.
      • It has a flight range of 290km.
      • It operates on the ‘Fire and Forget’ principle i.e it does not require further guidance after launch.
      • It can be fired from land, warships, submarines and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets.
      • They fly within the earth’s atmosphere and use jet engine technology.
      • They can be categorised according to size, speed(subsonic, supersonic, hypersonic), range, and the launch platform(land, aircraft, warship, submarine).

    Source: TH