For a military with the world’s largest defence budget, things move at a glacial pace, or so experts say. Therefore, it’s surprising that the US Navy actually managed to design, build and test a new ramjet missile in just six months.
India’s most ambitious foray into missile development is the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO’s) anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system, designed to shoot down incoming nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles fired from Pakistan or China at Indian cities.
The first export contract for the supplies of the BrahMos cruise missiles to a foreign customer can be signed before the end of this year, Alexander Maksichev, a spokesman for the Russian-Indian company Brahmos Aerospace, informed TASS at the 14th International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition LIMA 2017.
A day after Business Standard reported a new approach in New Delhi strategic circles to India’s use of nuclear weapons, the influential Washington D.C. think tank, Carnegie Endowment, discussed the same issue --- the possibility of an Indian “first strike” to defang Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
The recent successful test of the BrahMos Extended Range (BrahMos ER) supersonic cruise missile brings more targets inside Pakistan and the Line of Actual Control with China within the destructive range of the world's fastest cruise missile.
In what would be a notable reversal of its well-known no-first use policy, India could launch a preemptive first strike against Pakistan if it feared that a nuclear attack was imminent, a leading nuclear strategist has said.
Taiwan, for the first time, publicly claimed that it is capable of launching missiles that will hit China, Feng Shih-kuan, Minister of National Defense, said while delivering a four-yearly report to parliament on Thursday.
The Pakistan Navy has successfully conducted the test launch of a land-based anti-ship missile from an undisclosed location.
India’s test-firing of 450km super-sonic Brahmos cruise missile without notifying Pakistan has once again brought up the issue of avoiding an arms race in the region and strive for strategic stability.
China and Pakistan have discussed co-producing ballistic missiles and advanced military aircraft as the new Pakistani Army Chief made his first visit to China, State media reported on Friday.