Friday, December 19, 2008

PHOTO: BrahMos vertically launched from INS Ranvir

This beautiful photograph just came in. Photographed in the Bay of Bengal at 1200HRS on December 18. A BrahMos supersonic cruise missile lift off the universal vertical launcher on board the Indian Navy's Kashin II-class destroyer INS Ranvir. Yesterday's press release from BrahMos reveals that the three follow-on Krivak-class (Talwar-class) stealth frigates being built Kaliningrad will have the same vertical launcher modules. The BrahMos is already integrated in the inclined configuration on Ranvir's sister ship INS Rajput. According to the statement from the company yesterday, the launch makes BrahMos the world's "first and only supersonic cruise missile capable of being launched from vertical and inclined configurations from a naval platform".

17 comments :

su market said...

Thanks for the picture. Does anyone know if the remaining rajputs are being upgraded with brahmos? What about Delhi's?

Anonymous said...

May be I am a newbie!! But what is the advantage of vertical launch to the inclined launch? Does it increase the precision of the missile or any other things?

Abhishek said...

Wow!! Its surely an awesome news!!! :-)

Prasun K Sengupta said...

INS Ran Vijay too will be fitted with the BrahMos. Both INS Ranvir and INS Ran Vijay will each have 12 BrahMos on board: eight vertically and four housed within inclined launchers of the type now on board INS Rajput. The question to be asked now is: what kind of BrahMos will be on board: pure anti-ship variants or a mix of anti-ship and ship-launched land attack variants? Also note that the photo of INS Ranvir shows it retrofitted with IAI/RAFAEL Barak-1 CIWS and new mast-mounted ESM/EW suite and Desceaver off-board countermeasures dispensers from ELBIT Systems of Israel.

Anonymous said...

Wow! that sure looks awesome ..

su market said...

Thanks for the info. 12 brahmos is a terrific load. What about the older 3 rajputs? They still have 5-8 years left in them. It looks like the 8 VLS brahmos occupy the space vacated by the SA-N-3 launcher. But I guess 32 Barak-1's should offer some compensation.

To the newbie..VLS missiles can be fired in any direction without wasting fuel unlike inclined ones which need either the missile or ship to maneuver if the threat is not directly ahead.

Anonymous said...

I second Anon2, what is the advantage?

I know technically they are very different and a vertical launch is more difficult to perfect. But what do we gain? space to store more missiles? faster firing?

Anonymous said...

^^ either you have zoom eyes or something else.

I can only see AK guns but no Barak-1.

Prasun K Sengupta said...

To Anon@9.29PM: No, not zoom eyes, but trained eyes. Directly above the portside AK-630 gun is the STGR radar illuminator for the Barak-1 and to the left of the STGR are the vertical launch cells of the Barak-1.

Anonymous said...

Brahmos apna bramhastar hai! Usko PoK me apne doston ke thali ko bhi ched kar sakta hai. Uska itna accuracy hai!

Rahul Singh said...

I think in addition to other advantages "Vertical Launch" allows Brahmos to get to the cruising altitude relativity faster. Where it dumps its rocket booster and starts cruising using ramjet engine resulting in less consumption of fuel hence more range.

Anonymous said...

Does the Huron actually carry a Nikon D80!!!!! ? (Nikon D80, f/6.3 & 1/640sec, 90mm @ ISO 100)

Thanks in advance.

Rahul Singh said...

More. A "Vertical Launch" allows 360' firing. Means it allows firing both in front and back without relocating or repointing entire launcher. Hence resulting in smaller time interval between successive firings...... Let suppose a ship detects a target behind her tail. Imagine she is available with only forward facing inclined launchers. So to fire a brahmos at her target she will have to do "U Turn" resulting in consumption of precious time. I think no need to explain consequences. Against it if that ship is equipped with a vertical launcher then she can fire a Brahmos at her her target without turning. Above is also applicable in Brahmos LACM case.

Anonymous said...

Vertical launch allows the missile to be pointed in any direction.

ABHINABA said...

How many number BRAHMOS will be set on KOLKATA CLASS destroyar?

Anonymous said...

will india ever have the project-22-350 frigates ???

by when can we expect the hypersonic version( Mach 5+) of the brahmos to be tested???

Anonymous said...

videos of Brahmos launch - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppauslxqz04

And new version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW9w6BhJmPQ