The Modi government has given its go ahead to equip Indian Army with advanced version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
To give India an edge in mountain warfare, the missiles deployed around the northeast border will have “trajectory manoeuvre and steep-dive capabilities.”
As per a media report, around 100 missiles will be deployed on the northeast frontier.
The Cabinet headed by Prime Ministre Narendra Modi has given a go ahead for the Rs 4,300 crore regiment.
The move comes amid the growing tension between India and China. On the border front, there have been continued occurrences of Chinese soldiers crossing into disputed areas of the China-India border and China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean.
Recently, at least 20 to 25 Chinese troops had entered into the demilitarised area in Barahoti pastures in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, besides flying its helicopters in the Indian air space for over five minutes. The sources said that an Indian civilian team was sent back by Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops, who claimed it to be their land and recognised it as ‘Wu-Je.’
The fire-and-forget BrahMos missile is a 290-km range supersonic land attack cruise missile.
With its Mach 3.0 (3704 kilometers per hour) speed and 180-mile range, the BrahMos missile would enable India to hit Chinese targets with relative impunity.
The cruise missile is difficult to counter and it has the capability to upset the Chinese military order by evading early warning systems and striking their targets before enemies have time to react.