Indian Army Successfully Tests BrahMos Missile on Ground Targets

India's supersonic Brahmos cruise missiles

 

BrahMos missile was launched from a mobile launcher in the Pokhran polygon in Indian state of Rajasthan, according to BrahMos Aerospace Limited.

 The Indian Army has successfully tested a BrahMos missile on ground targets, BrahMos Aerospace Limited said Saturday.

The missile was launched from a mobile launcher in the Pokhran polygon in Indian state of Rajasthan at 10:00 a.m. (04:30 GMT), and successfully hit the target.The missile is produced by an India-Russia joint company BrahMos Aerospace, named after the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva.

BrahMos is a short-range supersonic missile, which has been in use by the Indian Navy since 2005. The missile has a range of 180 miles and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 660 pounds.

Russia shows off its weaponry in Syria

The Russian military has pulled out all stops and is using a broad spectrum of weaponry in the aerial and naval operations in Syria. The best examples of Soviet design and the latest Russian weapons are now going through their baptism of fire and being tested in real military conditions in the war against ISIS. We give a selection of weapons being used in Syria.
Ustyug

Ships

Russia’s armed forces have transported 28 aircraft on large landing vessels to the port of Tartus and the Hmemeem airbase in Latakia. Very swiftly, the Nikolai Filchenkov, Novocherkassk, Minsk and Peresvet (New Light) moved these planes to the required destinations.. They are continuing combat duty in the Mediterranean alongside landing vessels Admiral NevelskyAlexander Shabalin and the destroyer Admiral Panteleev and the patrol ship Neustrashimy (Fearless). The group also includes the Moskva missile cruiser and the patrol ship Smetlivy (Sharpwitted). Three fast attack craft from Russia’s Caspian Sea Fleet; UglichSvijazhsk, and Veliky Ustyug; were used to successfully launch cruise missiles on terrorist positions from the Caspian Sea. The attack vessels launched 26 ‘Kalibr’-NK cruise missiles (still called the Russian Tomahawk), in almost a baptism by fire for the high-precision weapons and its first long-distance usage, with a range of over 1,500 kms. This will allow Russia to conduct military operations in remote theaters. More than 10 Russian naval vessels are patrolling the Caspian Sea. The Vasily Tatischev from the Baltic Fleet is gathering intelligence.

Aviation and high precision weapons

Russia has several different aircraft, from the older Su-24M bombers and Su-25 attack plans to the latest models. There are 28 military aircraft in the theatre, and two An-124 transporters.

Su-25. Source: AP

The Su-24M is among the most popular fighter aircraft, adopted in the USSR in 1975. It is still used by the Russian military and other countries. 12 of these aircraft are operating in Syria and 12 Su-25 attack planes have also been sent there. Four Su-30 fighters have also been sent to Syria. This is a 4+ generation fighter plane, capable of destroying land based equipment at night, during bad weather, and also carry out reconnaissance.

The latest tactical fighter-bomber is the Su-34, which has made its debut in the Syrian conflict. According to the Ministry of Defence, the Su-34 in Syria is equipped with the TKS-2M integrated communications system for “network centric operations”. The new systems enable the exchange of target coordinates between aircraft without ground command support. The Su-34 bomber can inform the attack group about the target coordinates with automatic output on electronic maps for other aircraft crews, without ground based command posts, so all group aircraft “know” the coordinates of the objective even if one aircraft finds the location. The system makes aviation operations more covert, as only one aircraft in the group needs to turn on radar to track a target.

A total of 15 helicopters are also being used in the Syria theatre. These include the Mi-17, for transportation and electromagnetic warfare, and the Mi-24 attack helicopter, which was used in Afghanistan.

Russia is using high precision weaponry during its attacks on Syrian territory. The airplanes are armed with the KAB-250 and KAB-500 bombs, which after being dropped from the aircraft, guided by military satellites. The radius of deviation from the target is no more than 5 metres. Ammunition has been found for guided anti-tank missiles the RBK-500-SPBE in Aleppo.

Electromagnetic warfare

The Russian military has deployed the Krasukha-4 electronic warfare system, to suppress aircraft radar and combat drones in Syria. These are capable of sheltering the protected object from radar detection at distances of 150 to 300 kilometres, and also suppress AWACS aircraft and enemy electronic warfare devices. Krasukha-4 systems were adopted into service in 2012, and provided to troops from 2013.

Source: Vitaly Kuzmin/Wikipedia.org

Comparison of military characteristics of the ship based Caliber-NK and the Tomahawk:

Military specifications 3M-14

Caliber-NK

Tomahawk TLAM-E Block IV
Year accepted into service 2012 2002
Length (inc. launcher), m 8.1 6.25
Body diameter, mm 533 533
Wing size, m 3.3 2.67
Mass in flight (initial), kg 1320 1315
Size of warhead, kg 450 450
Nuclear warhead, kT 100-200
Flight speed, Mach 0.7 0.7
Range with warhead (conventional), km Greater than 1500 1600
Range with warhead (nuclear), km 2600

China Reveals Air-to-Air Missile for Its Fifth-Generation Fighter Jet

The PL-10 could be used on fighters like the J-11, or the J-20 pictured.

 

Rumors about China’s latest PL-10 short-range air-to-air missile have been circling for the last two years. Speaking during a Chinese television interview, the missile’s chief designer revealed that the missile is nearly complete, and offered new key details.

Designed by the Luoyang Electro-Optical Research Institute (LEOC), images of the fifth-generation PL-10 first surfaced in 2013. Carried onboard the J-20 fighter, the missiles have also been seen on the J-11, a copy of the Russian Su-27.

Based purely on those photos, experts were able to confirm that the PL-10 utilizes thrust vectoring. Its large fins also likely give the missile high rates of maneuverability, and it may feature a helmet-mounted display sighting system.

Speaking on a Chinese television broadcast last month, Liang Xiaogeng was able to provide more concrete details.

Weighing in at nearly 200 pounds, the 10-foot PL-10 features “world-class” capabilities. After being in development for the past seven years, the missile has a range of 12 miles.

According to Liang, the missile also includes “multi-element imaging infrared seeker with anti-jamming capabilities” and off-boresight attacks.

So far, the PL-10 has already been successfully test-fired 30 times.

This isn’t Liang’s first rodeo. He’s also worked on LEOC’s PL-9C, an infrared/helmet-sighted air-to-air missile, and served as chief designer for the medium-range PL-12.

Liang’s interview came only days before the September 3 military parade in Beijing highlighted the Chinese military’s latest developments. With over 500 units of military hardware and 200 aircraft, the event showed off a number of previously classified ballistic and cruise missiles.

“Much of the weaponry on display – all of it said to be in service in the People’s Liberation Army – will be new, the product of a military modernization drive aimed at ensuring that China can never again be attacked with impunity or overrun by foreign invaders,” retired US Ambassador Chas W. Freeman told Sputnik.

The advanced PL-10s, equipped onboard the maneuverable J-11s, could be a highly effective combination.

First Aircraft Launch of Russian-Indian BrahMos Missile to Occur in 2016

Brahmos Missiles

 

The first plane launch of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, developed by Russia and India, will be carried out in the beginning of 2016 from a modernized Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter.

The first launch of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter will be carried out in early 2016, head of Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace enterprise Sudhir Mishra told RIA Novosti Tuesday.Speaking at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS air show outside Moscow, Mishra told RIA Novosti that first flights with a launcher went well and expected the fighter’s first flight with an operational missile to take place by the end of this year.

“After this, a test launch of a mock missile will be carried out, and then final testing with a regular missile from a plane. We hope that this will take place in the beginning of 2016,” Mishra said.

The BrahMos chief executive said the supersonic missile’s integration with the Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name Flanker-H) multirole fighter would supply India with a long-range weapon without endangering the aircraft.

“After all, the Su-30 can fly with aerial refueling a distance of about 3,000 kilometers [over 1,800 miles], and the BrahMos’ long range allows to be launched from a safe distance,” Mishra stressed. The missile’s flight range is 180 miles.

The estimated $425-million supersonic missiles capable of flying at supersonic speeds of up to Mach 3 (over 2,200 mph) are expected to be fitted in three Talwar-class frigates and three Delhi-class destroyers, all built in collaboration with Russia.

Russian-Indian Hypersonic Cruise Missile Could Revolutionize Arms Industry

The new missile may become a revolutionary new weapon, the head of Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace enterprise said.

 

The new missile may become a revolutionary new weapon, the head of Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace enterprise said.

A prototype BrahMos-II hypersonic cruise missile, currently under joint development by Russia and India, may be created in six to seven years, head of Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace enterprise Sudhir Mishra said Tuesday.”Research work on this project is underway in India at the Indian Institute of Science and in Russia at the Moscow Aviation Institute. This new missile is envisaged as a revolutionary new weapon,” Mishra told RIA Novosti. “The exact configuration of the system has yet to be defined, the creation of a prototype hypersonic BrahMos missile can take six-seven years.”

US Deployment of Missiles in Europe May Lead to Russia’s Exit From INF

Iskander-M tactical ballistic missiles

Russia is fully complying with commitments made under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and does not want to withdraw from it, Viktor Ozerov, the Chairman of the Federation Council on Defense and Security, told RIA Novosti.

However, if the United States decides to put its missiles in Eastern Europe, Russia will seriously consider pulling out of the agreement, Ozerov said.

Earlier, AP reported that the Obama Administration plans to deploy land-based missiles in Eastern Europe that “could pre-emptively destroy the Russian weapons” in response to Moscow’s alleged violation of the INF treaty.

If Washington deploys its missiles in Eastern Europe, its objective wouldn’t be to target sites in the Middle East, but to fire at Russia from a close distance, Ozerov said, adding that in this case Russia will have to respond with force.

“Russia has enough strength and means for an adequate response — starting from the withdrawal from the INF treaty and deploying “Iskanders” (short-range ballistic missile system, also known by its NATO reporting name SS-26 Stone) along our Western borders,” Ozerov told RIA Novosti.

The Chairman of the Defense Committee stressed that Russia is fully complying with the INF treaty, and although Washington says Moscow violated the agreement in the past, it was not able to provide factual evidence of that.

As long as the United States sticks to its commitments under the treaty, Russia is willing to respect the agreement as well, Ozerov said, adding that it’s pointless to blackmail Russia by threatening to deploy missiles in Eastern Europe. Instead, it is a much better idea to try to find a partnership-based agreement with Russia.

 

The INF treaty was signed between the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987. The agreement eliminates all nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with intermediate range, between 500 and 5,000 km (300 — 3,400 miles).In recent years, both the United States and Russia accused each other of violating terms of the treaty. In 2012, Washington accused Moscow of violating the agreement by allegedly launching a cruise missile from an “Iskander” missile system. However, the US government was not able to provide any factual evidence of their claim. Russia, on the other hand, said US drones were also a violation of the treaty.

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Russia Slams Kiev Over ‘Blatant Lies’ on Absence of Buk Missiles in Service

BUK-M1 surface-to-air missile system

Russia possesses evidence, including satellite images, that Ukraine has Buk air defense systems in service.
    Kiev’s claims about the absence of Buk air defense systems in service with the Ukrainian army are absurd, a spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.

“There are satellite images, photographs, delivery contracts, witness accounts. This fact is so obvious it cannot be disputed,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

“A statement by Ukraine president’s aide is absolutely absurd. Such blatant lies coming form a high-ranking official are simply inappropriate.”

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