The first test of the BrahMos Missile fired from the underbelly of the Su-30MKI fighter jet is likely to take place this December.
A decommissioned Indian Navy warship is expected to the target for the super-sonic cruise missile traveling at almost three times the speed of sound, various Indian media reported quoting unnamed sources.
Indian and Russian scientists are now said to be tweaking the range of the missile beyond 300km following India’s entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). The extended range will put the BrahMos-laden Su-30MKI beyond the radar of fighter-bombers and cruise-missile equipped long range patrol aircraft.
A source familiar with the development told defenseworld.net that a range of 300-600 km is theoretically possible. However, a longer range means that the missile will be carrying a higher propellant load meaning a weight penalty for the aircraft. Its guidance and navigation system will also have to be suitably boosted.
Boosting the range much beyond 290 km might take out the element of surprise. As a tactical weapon the air-launched BrahMos affords very little reaction time to the enemy. A range of 600 km will probably give it some time to move vital assets away or even develop an anti-missile system to take out the BrahMos in the air.
The December test plan follows the successful integration and drop test of a BrahMos missile from a modified Su-30MKI at HAL, Nashik on June 25.
Reports from the recently concluded BRICS summit in Goa quoted President Vladimir Putin on plans to increase the range of the 290-km Indo-Russian BrahMos missile.
India and Russia are likely to sign a formal contract to jointly develop a miniature version of the Brahmos missile that could have multiple capabilities, including agile cross border strikes to destroy infrastructure of terrorists. An agreement for the new version of the missile will be signed at the bilateral meet with Russia in Goa between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin, and it will be the first major upscaling of the Brahmos joint venture signed in 1998
The Russian armed forces are keen on purchasing the BrahMos cruise missiles that were developed jointly with India, for equipping its Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters. Negotiations with the Russian side might begin in 2017 following the test completion of the Indian Su-30MKI fighters with the BrahMos missile, a military-diplomatic official told
The work on Indo-Russian supersonic cruise missiles Brahmos to integrate it on Su-30MKI fighter are at final stages and is likely ot be completed by month end. "The decisive test will be held on August 26-27
Russia and India may hold two launches of BrahMos cruise missiles from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet against sea and ground targets at the end of this year, TASS reports Tuesday. "If positive results of the work with the technologically operational missile are received, there are plans to carry out demonstration launches of two organic missiles against a sea and a ground target," CEO of the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building Alexander Leonov said
Indian Hindustan Aeronautics did not seek any help from the Russian Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)for mounting BrahMos missile on Su-30MKI, Hindustan Aeronautics chairman said Saturday. “This unique program was taken up by HAL as an indigenous challenge at its Nashik Division and the required data was generated without the assistance of OEM for the modification
BrahMos Aerospace has achieved a milestone today with successful demonstration flight of the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile system integrated Su-30MKI fighter jet. The demonstration flight, carried out at HAL Nasik, involved carriage of BRAHMOS weapon on the Indian Air Force (IAF)s long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter, giving a major boost to the BRAHMOS air-launched flight test programme, according to the press release
Russia has planned to mount BrahMos light cruise missile in submarines torpedo launchers as well as to fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet. "We are working on the missiles light version
Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft currently in service is said to last for another 30-40 years in operation, IAF chief Arup Raha said. Raha during a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday said that India has enough numbers of Sukhois in service that will last for another 30-40 years
Russian naval aviation will receive about 24 combat planes and helicopters including six Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets and two Ilyushin Il-38 anti-submarine warfare aircraft in November-December this year. "In the process of arming the naval aviation, a considerable number of combat hardware and armament has arrived for it
Vietnams Defence Minister Gen Ngo Xuan Lich is likely to hold talks on the possible sale of Indias indigenously-developed BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile during his four-day visit to New Delhi next month. Defence sources told PTI that Gen Lich will arrive on December 3 and will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar and one of the issue that is likely to come up for discussion is the possible sale of BrahMos missiles
China unveiled its CM-302 supersonic missile for international export and says it is the ‘best anti-ship cruise missile in the world. Lyu Xiaoge, spokesman for China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp touted CM-30 as better than the available supersonic anti-ship missile of the likes of the Indo-Russian BrahMos missile, and Russian SSN-26 Strobile
Indonesia and Chile have shown interest in Indias air-launched version of BrahMos missile that will be tested in February next year. “The center (Indian government) had given clearance for identifying markets for the missile
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