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India prepares to induct air version of BRAHMOS missile

Defense News (May 11, 2009)                                                                           Print This News

NEW DELHI: Indian scientists have completed development of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos for all three military services. While the Navy version was the first to be inducted in 2006, the Army ordered $2 billion worth of land-based BrahMos missiles last month. The latest version to be developed - the air-launched version - has a range of 290 kilometers.

Two Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI combat jets have arrived at unknown Russian facilities, where the BrahMos will be mounted on the multirole aircraft for final testing.

The air version of BrahMos will fly at a speed of Mach 2.8, while the land-launched version will have a speed higher than Mach 5. The air version will be integrated on Ilyushin Il-38 maritime surveillance planes and the Su-30 MKI.

The aerial version will be shorter than the standard land or marine versions, and will have the capability to auto-launch toward a target after being released from the aircraft, an Indian Air Force official said.

The BrahMos has been developed by the BrahMos Corp., a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia.

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  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander