Rahul M wrote:KP, check the vayu page Nayak has kindly uploaded for us, they are talking of integrating the missile on submarine at russian shipyards.
it could be an IN ship or even an old russian one.
The problem, which the Brahmos guy told me is that the IN is already facing serious sub-serviceability issues, and are finding it difficult to spare one for almost a year. They are trying to see if they can combine an upgrade with this so that the numbers dont suffer.
The problem on the Russian side is that given their reluctance to bring Brahmos in their service, they are not willing to give one sub to be cut open just to test a weapon system that the Indians will use... .their thing is that since the Indians will use it, let them bring the platform. We cant spare any.
Negotiations on this aspect are going on with Brahmos, IN and the Russian navy involved.
In fact, when I asked this question a year ago, they said that they were looking at a pontoon launch. Now, when I asked the question, the pontoon launch had become much clearer, and they said that they are trying to ready a suitable pontoon platform.
ramana wrote:rakall, have they discussed the overall Nag guidance at all? Old reports had said there was Mg Telluride Focal Plane array which does the imaging. There is a radar that ranges the target and passes the coordinates to the Nag. It switches on the seeker in close proximity. All this is what gives its fire and forget capability. The IIR seeker was to be locally developed. Looks like that didnt happen.
The american car Cadillac has rear view imaging IR panel that is being adapted for mil use by the US military. The panel costs ~ $700 retail. So may be there are too high requirements for the NAG?
We are facing serious problems with IIR seekers... the tech is still being developed, and thus, we cannot really make usable seekers just yet. The problem is compounded by the fact that the French have us as a captive market and are unwilling to let that go by giving a JV or ToT.... instead, they are ripping us on price. However, we are slowly getting the tech, and with Israel also having some breakthroughs, we are looking at a JV... the French have obviously got nervous, and are trying to offer a JV.
The matter is better with mmW seekers, where we have one that is working upto 2 km. Due to our radar expertise, we're able to do better in this field (we're doing even better with Radar seekers) However, given the weight and the fact that IIR is ok for now, Army has said that we should work on it further and get back with a better product, till which time, they are happy with the IIR.
Now, given that we're better with RF seekers, ad knowing our level in this field, you can imagine our standard in the other two - mmW and Optronic (IIR) seekers.
Rahul M wrote:Ramjet & Scramjet
An interesting titbit from Brahmos - apparently, the Russians offered us full ToT on the propulsion, but we are not really that eager to accept their terms for it, since we're already moving to scramjet, and do have enough expertise in that area. So Ramjet ToT isn't really that important to us right now (I guess the Akash expertise is also good for us).