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Months before the September 11 attack, US spy satellites picked up a satellite-phone signal from somewhere near Khost in Afghanistan. Signal intelligence specialists in the US read it as terror mastermind Osama bin Laden's. Ships out in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf were given the exact location of the source of the signal. Within minutes dozens of Tomahawk cruise missiles flew towards Khost.
The missiles flew at subsonic speed and hit bin Laden's camp. But the wily lord of al Qaeda wasn't hit. By the time the Tomahawks arrived, bin Laden had escaped. If India were to launch such an operation a year from now, the chances of hit would be much higher. By then India would have BrahMos, the world's only long-range supersonic cruise missile.
For all the American hype about Tomahawks, the fact is that they fly much slower than sound. BrahMos, India's true brahmastra, would fly three times faster than the Tomahawk and is three to four times sleeker. The sleekness is not just an aesthetic parameter; the sleeker the missile, the smaller it appears on an enemy radar. Not only would the missile have a very low radar signature, but it also has electronic counter-measures.
Originally posted by longbow
You forgot to add, that Brahmos would never be able to hit Bin Ladin or anything in Afganistan, because it has too short range.
While Brahmos can perform better in antiship role than Tomahawk, the land attack capabilities are limited because of range, small warhead and high weight.
I found especially funny your claim about "advantage" over Tomahawks range "The Brahmos range is 2.5 - 3 times more" , while the image you provided clearly states the Brahmos range is 280km(300kg warhead) compared to Tomahawk 1500km and that with 454 warhead (2500km with nuclear warhead).
And I wonder how good will be the Su-30 flight performance and RCS with misille weighting more than 2 tons.
I don't know if it has GPS equivalent guidance (India has not their own GPS and I don't know if Brahmos uses russian Glonass) so I see it's land attack performace will be quite poor.
Originally posted by deltaboy
it aint no match for the missile that the Brahmos
its also design for stealth as well.
USA, UK to consider supersonic cruise missile
The USA, joined it hopes shortly by the UK, plans to begin a research and development programme to look at a new land-attack supersonic cruise missile that could help strike time-critical targets and ones buried underground.
The programme, an advanced concept technology demonstration being sponsored by the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the US Navy, will explore development of a cruise missile capable of carrying a 200 lb (90.7kg) payload at least 400nm and preferably 600nm.
The missile would have a speed of M3.5 with a goal of M4.5 and a circular error of probability accuracy of 3m.
Originally posted by Stealth Spy
It's not as versitile as the Brahmos , and can only be launched from airplanes and most critically, its not supersonic.
It can be ship launched, as shown in the pic.That way it could hit laden.Its range is also being worked upon. It is rumored that its been incresed to 900km, although thats unofficial and cant quote any sources.It is hinted in this site : www.khaleejtimes.co.ae...
That 's where its ability to hit the target with very high Kinetic Energy comes in. It'll hit the target at around Mach 3 velocity.Besides, a nuke warhead will ensure larger distruction, etc
That's the claim in the OFFICIAL BRAHMOS WEBSITE. Check it out yourself >> www.brahmos.com...
That graphic is just a representation of hypothetical scenario. It dose'nt mean that its the only way the missile can be used.
Look at this pic of a MKI carrying a Brahmos-A dummy. This is an exclusive variant and not the same one thats launched from ships.
The RCS variation will not be much(see pic). external image
India currently uses the American GPS extensively. But that might soon change. Read : India to launch its own GPS
India is also heavily investing in the GLONASS and the Galileo
Originally posted by Daedalus3
True seekerof.. for it to truelt be the 'best' c misssile its gotta have a range of around 1000km(at least a variant of the brahmos should) and well you can slap on a little RAM paint to it.. Then at supersonic speeds it will be almost impossible for it to be shot down..
if it was 1000km it would need to be bigger. its already very hard to stop a tomahawk.
flies very low (tree top level) and has a very small RCS