How can Pakistan shoot down incoming BrahMos missiles?

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Mudassir Ali 10 months 1 Answer 161 views

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  1. At this point, Pakistan Air Defence Systems are focused on defending from air threat posed by IAF planes and drones and are not really capable of shooting down supersonic BrahMos missiles which flies at Mach 3 and performs S maneuver towards terminal phase.

    In fact only point defence against a supersonic cruise missile is possible and it is usually deployed on ships or strategic locations. Even then it is possible to saturated an aircraft carrier or destroyer’s missile defence system.

    Having said, Brahmos missle is a costly missile and are useful for a limited strike unless full scale war has broken out. Pakistan can strike back through host of ballistic and cruise missiles in retaliation. At this point even India does not have good air defence system either, but PAD and additional of S 400 followed by XR SAM, LR SAM, MR SAM, Akash and QRSAM will make it difficult for Pakistani missile to target India in a few years. However, no air defence system has 100% accuracy so some missiles will eventually pass through these shields. While major cities like Delhi will be heavily defended, other Indian cities will be vulnerable to Pakistani missile strike.

    EDIT: In a comment a contributor has referred to LY 80 deployed in Kashmir. I am not across operational history / performance of LY 80 against Brahmos like missiles which were deployed in 2018 and was unable to stop IAF incursion on Feb 26th 2019. There is also no actual operational history of this system against supersonic cruise missiles. My view is that even if a few missiles are stopped a Salvo of Brahmos will certain penetrate the air defence. The distance between Pakistan and India is so less that the a missile flying at Mach 3 will take less than a min to reach some of the targets. The story is different when it comes to subsonic cruise missiles which if detected can be shot down by fighter jets.

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