Trail of Fire of the BrahMos anti-ship missile
Russo-Indian cruise missile sees action for the first time
By CHAD GARLAND|Published: September 2, 2016
Cruise missile BrahMos on display at IMDS-2007. Wikimedia Commons.
INS Satpura firing BrahMos cruise missiles towards North Korean targets. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Greenfield/U.S. Navy)
The BrahMos (designated PJ-10) is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft, or land. It is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world. It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), who together have formed BrahMos Aerospace. It is based on the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile and other similar sea-skimming Russian cruise missile technology. The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.
Entering service in the Indian Armed Forces and the Russian Armed Forces in November 2006, it is currently the world's fasted anti-ship cruise missile. After seeing the potential performance of the missile, other countries have looked into the option of ordering these missiles from India.
The current situation in the Korean Peninsula has also simultaneously seen new weapons and military equipment to be used in combat for the first time. Among these are the F-35B variant used by the United States Marine Corps launching from the USS America (LHA-6) which saw action against the Sukhoi and MiG fighter jets of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's JS Izumo (DDH-181), the newest and most-expensive light aircraft carrier, also saw action in supporting allies and partners in the region. The Izumo's flight deck could technically house the F-35B, sparkling concerns within China, both Koreas, and Russia of Japan having these carriers to project power in the region as fears of resurgence of Japanese militarism.