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BrahMos-2 hypersonic missile to be 'uninerceptable'?

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posted on Sep, 29 2008 @ 11:21 AM

September 29, 2008, 19:32
New hypersonic missile to be 'uninerceptable'
A joint Russian-Indian company has started the development of a cruise missile capable of flying at Mach 5, which will make it 'impossible to intercept'. BrahMos-2 will be the next generation of the highly successful the BrahMos missile already used by Indian military.

The news came from the head of BrahMos company, Sivathanu Pillai during the visit of Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdiukov.

The BrahMos missile (the acronym stands for Brahmaputra-Moscow) has been in development since 1998 and had its first successful test launch in 2001.

Russia provided the design of its P-800 Oniks missile as the basis of the project while India developed its guidance system. It has a maximum speed of Mach 2.8, making it is the world's fastest cruise missile.

The BrahMos-2 is expected to have twice the speed of the current version, which, the developers say, will make it practically immune to all existing missile defence systems.

posted on Sep, 29 2008 @ 11:25 AM
I thought the BrahMos was already undownable by conventional (non-laser) means?

Hmm a Mach5 cruise missile would be devastating in the battlefield. The kinetic energy alone would cause extensive damage, and the warhead can only exarcerbate it.

posted on Sep, 29 2008 @ 11:32 AM
northing is `impossible` to intercept - but when you increase the speed , you reduce the defenders ability to react ; right now the mach 2.8 Brahmos takes 3 minutes from maximum launch range (300km) to hit its target;

CIWS is useless - even more so against supersonic missiles as the debris IF the 60 rounds fired actaully hit the missile will still hit the target , so we are down to RIM-66 for point defence.

but anyway - a mach 5 brahmos has been hinted at for a good year or so now - as has the hypersonic AWACS killer india picked up at the same time as the original brahmos deal

posted on Sep, 29 2008 @ 11:57 AM
reply to post by 44soulslayer

Well it's a good thing we HAVE anti-missile laser tech then.
This should be no biggy, at least to America and other rich places. I know Israel has the laser tech as well.

2004 Israeli/USA test

posted on Sep, 29 2008 @ 02:32 PM

Originally posted by Gamechanger Well it's a good thing we HAVE anti-missile laser tech then. This should be no biggy, at least to America and other rich places. I know Israel has the laser tech as well.

Oh do come on mate! What you do not point out is that this test was only partially successful.

"The trial was conducted at the White Sands US army base (in New Mexico). In accordance with the principal objective, we managed to locate the missile" and track it, "without being able however to attain our secondary objective, which was to destroy it," the statement said.

Do you really consider that successful?

Funny thing is, those canny little Ivans have been perfecting their anti-missile laser system at Sary Shagan, Dushanbe and Semi-Plotesk since the early 70's.

Israel and the U.S have a very long road to travel before they catch up with Russia.

Perhaps that is the real reason behind Bush wan ting to deploy this so called anti-missile shield across Europe!

posted on Sep, 29 2008 @ 02:58 PM
reply to post by fritz

Well hold up, that article is from 2004. I saw newer stuff this year that was more solid but inconveniently I can't find the same site now...

posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 01:09 AM
This is a fixed target missile.
It would be useless against a ship as at mach 5 there is no guidance system that can react that fast.
Plus how do you fire one at a moving ship from 1000 km away. radar will not help as they are line of sight.
This missile is only designed to hit a programed target that does not move IE a land target.

If you look the intake for the missile is the nose and that precludes putting a target sensor in the nose to guide it at ships

posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 01:15 AM
If they’re releasing information like this think of what they must have that they aren’t talking about! It seems that these things are talked about once something more advanced is already in the works.

posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 04:33 AM
reply to post by ANNED

I think its mainly designed as a sea to land cruise missile. India and Russia are far more concerned with using this technology to attack land targets from mobile platforms.

Admittedly this would be a fearsome combination on a submarine. Imagine a sub popping up 200km away from the target, unleashing an unstoppable missile at a base and sinking back down into the water.

posted on Sep, 30 2008 @ 05:59 AM
Brahmos is an AScM - so doubl the speed for the same mission.

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