The BrahMos missile, although a variant based on the Russian P-800 Oniks, India has gone further than Moscow in creating special versions.
In an unexpected development, based on the longstanding strategic partnership between India and Russia, New Delhi may export BrahMos missiles to Moscow. The move is historic as the two countries jointly developed this powerful weapon.
Atul Dinkar Rahne, CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, said that Russia is being seen as a potential market for the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. According to Rahne, currently the Russian Military has no weapons similar to the BrahMos-A and BrahMos-M versions that can be deployed from tactical fighters. “If they get this special version, Russia will have more options in its arsenal,” Rahne said, adding that in the future, India is expected to receive more orders from Russia for BrahMos missiles.
Russia can deploy BrahMos in a similar way to the P-800 Oniks missile – the predecessor of BrahMos. Although Oniks was originally developed as an anti-ship missile, it has been used to engage land targets. Although the PJ-10 BrahMos and P-800 Oniks share many similarities, according to Asia Times, the internal problems of the Russian defense industry will force them to buy BrahMos from India.
In the event that the Russian Air Force decides to deploy the BrahMos-A missile, it is expected that the West will find it very difficult to find an appropriate response to this weapon. The BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile is an air-to-surface version modified from the ship-launched version. BrahMos-A has a range of 300 km, carries a 200 kg warhead, a maximum speed of up to Mach 3.
It is noteworthy that the BrahMos-A weighs up to 2.5 tons, which is considered to be too large for a conventional fighter, so the Su-30MKI fighters required to strengthen the airframe to carry the weapon. During military exhibitions, the Su-30MKI carried a BrahMos-A missile under its belly. The Indian Air Force claims to have successfully test-fired this advanced and extremely fearsome missile.
As per a report published by The Moscow Times in the month of June, citing Nikkei Asia, Russia had reportedly started to buy back parts for projectiles and tanks that it had earlier sold to India and Myanmar in order to improve its equipment and older weapons that were supposed to be deployed for use in the war against Ukraine.