The Russian Federation is trying to “steam” one of its “wonder missiles” to buyers from Myanmar

But the Russians “forgot” to make an amendment to the fact that the Burmese do not have carriers for their “no analogues” weapons

The Navy Recognition portal, with reference to Kremlin propagandists from TASS, wrote the following – Myanmar seems to want to purchase BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles of joint Russian-Indian production. Interestingly, Myanmar plans to take the money for the purchase of such anti-aircraft guns as if it were a loan from the Indian government.

Russian sources were the first to report such an intention of the Burmese government. And it seems that in this case the Kremlin is in too much of a hurry to make wishful thinking come true – ie that there are still buyers in the world for “no analogues” Russian-made weapons, even if they are backward Asian dictatorships.


         Indian fighter Su-30MKY with BrahMos cruise missile, image from open sources
Indian fighter Su-30MKY with BrahMos cruise missile, image from open sources

But once it came to that, in its desire to pass off the desired as real, the Russian Federation was in such a hurry that it forgot to make such an amendment – Myanmar does not have carriers that could use the BrahMos anti-missile system.

For example, the aviation version of this missile is “sharpened” specifically for the Su-30 type fighter. Myanmar only has Russian MiG-29s and Chinese F-7 and JF-17 fighters that are not adapted as BrahMos carriers.


         BrahMos anti-missile launch from an Indian Su-30MKY fighter, illustrative photo from open sources
BrahMos anti-missile launch from an Indian Su-30MKY fighter, illustrative photo from open sources

The Myanmar Navy has 5 frigates, 3 missile corvettes and 5 missile boats, the main weapons of which are Chinese anti-ship cruise missiles of the C-802 type, which have a fuselage length of 5 meters and are launched from horizontal launchers.

In turn, BrahMos in the “ship” version has a fuselage length of 8 meters, and can only be launched from a vertical launcher.


         Test launch of a BrahMos cruise missile from the Indian Navy destroyer INS Ranvijay, which belonged to the Soviet Project 61, December 2020, photo from open sources
Test launch of a BrahMos cruise missile from the Indian Navy destroyer INS Ranvijay, which belonged to the Soviet Project 61, December 2020, photo from open sources

Theoretically, there is still an option with BrahMos in the version of the coastal anti-ship complex. But here it is unlikely that India itself, together with its Russian “colleagues”, can boast of “outstanding successes”.

For example, in January 2022, the Indian government signed a supply contract for two batteries of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles worth $375 million. But whether there is any progress in the execution of this contract is still unknown.


         BrahMos surface-to-air missile launcher, photo from open sources
BrahMos surface-to-air missile launcher, photo from open sources

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