Is BrahMos the best ever cruise missile built in the world?
Saphyaire Wind, Military Geek, interested in modern Military Technologies
Whether Brahmos is the deadliest or not it is a matter of debate . But it is certainly effective. But any conclusion cannot be reached with one sided arguments i.e. we have compare Brahmos with western cruise ship-killer cruise missiles like Harpoon of USA.
1.Stealth and Agility vs Stealth and speed: Western anti-ship missiles such as the Harpoon and Exocet are not supersonic, they depends on stealth and agility to counter missile defense system. Brahmos is big missile rushing at 2.8 mach speed and hence, more detectable. But, the idea is to make it stealthy enough to avoid early detection. So, when it gets detected because of its heat release, it is too late for any missile defense system.
2.Size matters: US made small missiles so that jets can carry it. A f18 can carry more than two harpoon easily. But, Brahmos can be as 2500 kg. But, these same disadvantages make it the deadliest. Aircraft carriers are too sturdy as it has handle 20 ton jets landing at more than 100 mile/hr speed. So, it can withstand one or two hits of small missiles. Now, imagine a 2500 kg missile ramming at over 3300 km/hr speed with 300 kg explosive. Game over for any ship.
3.Brahmos is exception: It can bypass even the most advanced ship protection systems like Aegis Combat System, because even today, most of the ship protection systems are capable of handling cruise missile with 1.5 mach (or something around that speed) as those were mainly made for USSR missiles during cold era.
Brahmos is not the best as western missiles are more agile, intelligent, but it is very highly effective.
Nikhil, lives in India
I disagree with the other answer. Brahmos is one of the deadliest supersonic anti ship and land attack cruise missiles in the world. It's not meant to have a long range as its for an entirely different purpose.
Brahmos has changed the Indian armed forces greatly. We now possess a missile against which Pakistan has no defense. It has bolstered our security by its prowess.
During tests , it hit the bulls eye every time and managed to hit a corvette just above the waterline . This is exceptional accuracy for a supersonic missile. Indian Navy currently has around 100 Brahmos deployed on its ships. It has given them an unprecedented boost in anti ship capability . No other missile In our inventory is as capable as the Brahmos.
It's mach 3 speed and 300 kg warhead and 290 km range is more than enough for the army to take out valuable enemy installations along the border and for the Navy to take out any enemy ship .
My conclusion is, Brahmos is the best missile in our region and it has totally changed the balance of naval power with its induction in the Navy .
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Kruno Rajkovic, an avid reader of military technology papers and books.
Brahmos is ONE OF THE BEST cruise missiles in the world. Few people already mentioned here that Brahmos is great in its anti ship role. But even in that department it's not the best. Sure it's the fastest anti ship missile but when you go fast you radiate heat and therefore you're much more visible to any defense then subsonic missile. Also US anti ship missile LRASM which is much slower then Brahmos is superior in its stealthines and it's incredibly smart meaning it can avoid and sense enemy defense layers on its own and operate in GPS and radar denied environment.
Then there is the matter of range. Brahmos is thought of as a short range cruise missile especially when you compare it to Tomahawk or Russian Kalibr cruise missile which can be fixed from over 1000 miles. So Brahmos would be useless against any target beyond 290 km. There ar many more examples and that's why Brahmos is considered one of the best missiles for short range anti ship role.
Veerappan Laxman, Engineer, Gamer, Dreamer, likes History, Science, Technology and Peace. Dislikes Politics, Terrorism, Viole...
It's the best "Supersonic" curise missile today - different types of cruise missiles have completely different purposes and operational methods.
BrahMos is the fastest cruise missile and has the longest range of any supersonic cruise missile at 290km. This alongwith high accuracy and a unique movement applied at the last leg of the missile flight increasing it's penetration drastically make it the deadliest supersonic cruise missile currently available.
It's mainly meant for short range coastal/naval engagements. In land warfare, for quick tactical strikes of important and well defended targets.
The level of threat by this missile is so great - that the US Navy has commissioned a project to get their own equivalen missile system or buy BrahMos - the reports are available from Startfor and other defence forum/companies forums.
Sachin, running my defence blog from last 10 years
Brahmos, Indo-Russian joint venture to develop a Super-sonic cruise missile. India have 50.5% of stake in Brahmos Aerospace ltd. Company (49.5% of stake is of Russian side). Brahmos Aerospace ltd is a Joint Venture company which developed the world's fastest cruise missile (Brahmos). Brahmos can launched from different platforms, it can be launched from submarine, ships, Aircraft(under testing), and it also can be fired from land too. Brahmos Aerospace Ltd company owned by govt. And it was founded in 1998.
Brahmos can destroy any target with in 290 km of range with 2.8 to 3.0 mac of speed ( which can be 3400 km/h to 3700 km/h approx.) Due to its speed and special features its is a non-intercept-able missile by any of radar present in this world. One more thing is that Brahmos cruise at a very low level which makes it non traceable .In 2001 first test of Brahmos taken place from chandipur (integrated test range) and its second test were taken at ITR in 2004 from mobile launcher.
Anthony Tauro, Casual Observer
By most counts, the answer is no. In fact, I doubt it does much for the Indian security needs either.
The BrahMos is the fastest cruise missile in the world, but has a range of less than 300 km. Pakistan's Babur on the other hand has a range of 700 km.
Cruise missiles have their advantages, but the big one right now is that they are hard to detect.
The armed forces of the world have been focusing on building defense systems against conventional, ballistic missiles. India is working with Israel to build one similar to the Iron Dome, but using the Prithvi missile.
But these are Anti-Ballistic Missile systems, and wont work against cruise missiles. Further Pakistan does not even have an ABM program, so Indian ballistic missiles are quite sufficient if needed. On the other hand, a range of 300 km keeps most of China out of the Brahmos' range.
Ashis Kumar, studied Master of Business Administration Degrees
To Start with: BrahMos is not ICB or terrain hugging Cruse Missile . It is not meant for deterrence, primarily. In an actual war scenario, BrahMos will be use widely to take out tactical target where bombing with plain is not feasible. As is best stated; attack from ship at tactical land targets or to other ship. And other tactical targets that the army would like to take out to break stalemate and march forward.
The terrain hugging Cruse Missile have other purpose. They are to take out precision targets located more internally in the land. Say like a Electric Sub Station or a Train Station or an administrative building which are likely to be protected with SAM. India has Nirbhay for that propose.
Rajbirendra Choudhary, Weapon analyst and knowledge collecter.
Brahmos is most unique one…..even if it is detected 150km away, still you have less than 150 seconds to react and trust me i analysed every aspect on availible internet platform and found that it is deadliest one….
1- with speed mach 2.8 its KE is about 32 times the tomhawk
2-it changes its trajectory every second
3-extremely difficult to intercept
So, it is best and deadliest.
Neeraj U, Defence enthusiast
It fastest cruise missile in the world but that doesnt essentially mean it is the best , it depends on the mission profile if you consider anti ship missions then it can be considered as the best in the world but if you consider a land attack capabilty Tomahawk would be my pick beacuse of its range ,accuracy and the fact that it is battle proven . A Tomahwak missile can be launched at a moving truck from a destroyer which is 1500 km away but in the case of BrahMos it must be closer to its target to be effective (its range is being increased to 600 km as India has entered the MTCR) so if you want to attack on target using BrahMos it would under enemy threat due to its limited range .
Freedom Fighter, PROFESSIONAL from The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (2018)
Here, many experts saying that it is not the best and it's heavy and so on…., there is no missile that matches the capabilities of the BrahMos mainly because of the 2 reasons:-
if you show me any missile better than this then I am open for the debate