Brahmos tested from INS Ranvijay in a series of launch
In a series of tests of Supersonic Cruise Missile, Brahmos, the Indian Navy has tested the missile from Indian Navy’s Rajput Class destroyer INS Ranvijay. The Bay of Bengal has witnessed a decommissioned target ship successfully destroyed during the tests. History was created as Indian Defence forces conducted four successful tests of supersonic missile Brahmos in eight days.
Recently, the Indian Army had successfully destroyed a target in the Bay of Bengal from Car Nicobar Islands by launching Brahmos in top attack configuration. Brahmos makes a unique tactical cruise missile triad of India. Indian Army’s this launch was the first in a series of the launch of land, sea & air versions of the missile after the COVID-19 lockdown. Followed by this test Indian Air force also conducted a test.
The Twitter handle of the Indian Navy displays, “Indian Navy hones its combat readiness. Brahmos AShM (Anti Ship Missile) launched by INS Ranvijay strikes the target ship at max range with pinpoint accuracy in the Bay of Bengal.”
According to the sources of the Ministry of Defence, the test was conducted at 9 am. Highly complex maneuvers were performed by the missile during the test and it ultimately hit the bull’s eye of the target.
Brahmos Land Attack Cruise Missile (LACM) comprises indigenous booster and airframe sections along with many other “Make in India” components (sub-system). In September and October the Army, The Navy & The Airforce versions were tested.
In the Arabian Sea, an indigenously built destroyer of the Indian Navy successfully tests fired (hitting a target) the Brahmos on 17th October. A Russian origin jet, Sukhoi-30MKI, took from a Punjab based fighter aircraft base to conduct a test in the Bay of Bengal and returned after the mission was completed.
Coming back to the naval versions, from 2005, the Indian Navy started inducting BrahMos in its frontline warships which can destroy sea based targets beyond its radar horizon.
Indian Airforce is interested in Swarm drones systems for its fighters
To attack and destroy enemy advanced aerial threats, air-launched swarm drone systems are in pipeline. Similar kinds of weapons have been utilized by the Chinese Defence Forces across the Indo-China Ladakh border. Such systems help to reduce the amenability of highly trained pilots and costly fighter aircraft to crash.
According to the sources, Indian Aircraft Manufacturing Company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) along with two potential private players was involved in a project. The project focuses on a concept in which an IAF land attack aircraft (possibly Jaguar) will take down armed UAVs or drones that are capable to attack individual targets. In this project, to build artificial intelligence capabilities for target acquisition Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics is also involved. This project is to be completed within 4 years of time duration.
To make the system capable of conducting operations in high altitude regions like Ladakh, Siachen, J&K Valley, etc. a very high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aircraft will be required. This drone should be helpful to monitor the systems and provide real-time feedback to the controller. A teammate flying and reviewing for days at a stretch at an altitude of more than fifty thousand over the enemy area will be a bonus. Indian Airforce has shown a keen interest in the project after watching the detailed presentation. Countries like France and the USA are already using this technology, after inducting it India will also enter the league. The initial budget for the program is 1000 crore. Various stakeholders involved are aiming to make a highly cost effective prototype. While designing and developing a prototype companies have to consider various advanced locating technologies of enemy countries.