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BRAHMOS to be test-fired from Su-30MKI in 2016; heaviest-ever missile flown on that jet: Sudhir Mishra

Economic Times , (February 04, 2016)

NEW DELHI: India has always stood out for its prowess in developing missiles and with the upcoming test-launch of the BRAHMOS missile from Su-30MKI fighter jet, the country is all set to create history. "The day BRAHMOS is successfully test-fired from Su-30MKI, the whole aeronautics community would be saluting us for achieving a very, very difficult milestone in missile and aeronautical technology," says MD & CEO of BrahMos Aerospace Sudhir Kumar Mishra.

In an interview with Economictimes.com, Sudhir Mishra said, "BRAHMOS is a very heavy missile and such class of missiles has never been integrated with Su-30MKI. The launch of BRAHMOS from Su-30MKI comprises several phases. Structural modifications have been carried out in the aircraft to integrate BRAHMOS on to it," explained Mishra.

"Around three-to-four varieties of missile will be flown on Su-30MKI to test the integration. Dummy and technology missile tests will be carried out along with a pure drop test of the missile. Finally, in the fourth stage, the actual test of the missile would be against land and ship targets. "We should be able to reach to that stage in the second part of 2016," says Mishra.

Mishra is confident that a single test (from Su-30MKI) against land and ship targets would be sufficient to test the success of the integration.

Asked about the underwater version of the BRAHMOS missile, which the Indian Navy is yet to test from a submarine, Mishra said, "BRAHMOS has been successfully flight tested from a pontoon. As a system, pontoon behaves very similar to a submarine. It has been demonstrated that the missile can be launched from sub-water.

"We are in touch with many submarine manufacturers in Russia (Rubin Design Bureau), Germany (HDW) and Spain (Navantia). These submarine manufacturers have confirmed that it is possible to integrate BRAHMOS with their submarines. BRAHMOS is one of the credible weapons in the inventory of Indian Navy, so we are very confident that the test will happen in the future," he added.

BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India's DRDO and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyenia. It was established in 1998, through an inter-governmental agreement. Both the Indian Army and Navy have inducted the supersonic cruise missile which has a range of 290-km. BRAHMOS flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach and carries a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg.

According to Mishra, BRAHMOS Mark II or Hypersonic BRAHMOS will be able to fly much faster than the existing one.
"There are some problems in making a pure hypersonic engine. As of now, we are conducting research completely in the theoretical region. My estimate is that we will be standing at the door of hypersonic engine in about three to four years, and pure hypersonic in about seven to eight years," he said.

  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "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