“Our threat perceptions and security concerns are our own, and how we address these by deploying assets on our territory should be no one else’s concern,” top sources in the Army was quoted saying.
China has warned that deployment of a special version of the BrahMos cruise missile in the Northeast would have ‘negative influence’ on stability along the border.
The official publication of People’s Liberation Army, PLA Daily, has said that the deployment of the supersonic cruise missiles could lead to counter-measures by China.
“India deploying supersonic missiles on the border has exceeded its own needs for self-defense and poses a serious threat to China’s Tibet and Yunnan provinces,”the commentary said.
“Deploying BrahMos missiles is bound to increase competitiveness and confrontation in Sino-Indian relations and bring a negative influence to stability of the region,” it added.
Further, it said that BrahMos missile “could increase suddenness and effectivity of attacks”, including “crushing blows on time-sensitive targets like missile launchers and solid targets like command centres”.
Moreover, the commentary by an expert from the PLA Navy’s engineering university also said that the missile’s “penetration capabilities” poses a threat to China’s border regions.
However, it maintained that the BrahMos missile’s range “cannot threaten China’s deep zones”.
On August 03, the government had sanctioned induction of additional BrahMos supersonic missiles, with steep dive capability and 290 km range, to be deployed in the Eastern sector to ramp up its capabilities along the border with China.
Defence sources had said that the government has cleared the fourth BrahMos regiment at a cost of over Rs 4,300 crore, as per PTI.
The regiment consists of around 100 missiles, five mobile autonomous launchers on 12×12 heavy-duty trucks and a mobile command post, among other hardware and software, sources had said.
The missile was under test by the Army and last known test of the missile in the Eastern sector was done in May, 2015.
The steep-dive attack cruise missile can hit enemy targets hidden in the shadows of mountains.
The Indian Army has already inducted three regiments of BrahMos in its arsenal. All are equipped with Block-III version of the missile.
The land-attack version of BrahMos has been operational in the Indian Army since 2007.
The fire-and-forget BrahMos has the capability to take on surface-based targets by flying a combined hi-lo trajectory, thus evading enemy air defence systems. Fire-and-forget missiles do not need further guidance after launch.