Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Indian Air Force to Induct BrahMos missile in 2012



The 'BrahMos' missile would be inducted into the Air Force in 2012 that would ensure all the three wings of the military are equipped with the supersonic cruise missile, a top defence official said on Wednesday. "We have developed the airborne missile part, and process of integrating it with the aircraft 'Sukhoi' was progressing", BrahMos Aerospace Ltd CMD A Shivathanu Pillai said at the BrahMos Aerospace's facility here.

Trial run of airborne BrahMos missile would be held next year and the target was to integrate it with the aircraft in 2012, he said. As far as integration of the missile was concerned, the original designers of the aircraft were also involved, he said. "We are working with them (Sukhoi). Some changes are necessary and once the alteration is identified, we will introduce the same in the aircraft," Pillai said.

With that, all the three wings of Indian military -- Air Force, Navy and Army -- would have the supersonic missile 'BrahMos', he said. Development of a new version of BrahMos missile, involving a technology that would discriminate the target and attack, in 2009 was a major achievement, he added. Three flights on the new version had proved successful and the army would be inducting two more of this version shortly, Pillai said. On the next generation cruise missile, he said hypersonic BrahMos missile was in design stage.

2 comments:

Russian companies are going to make good money on these missiles. Of course, the core technologies and kits are of Russian origin. The performance of this system is still very much in question. Also, it is not clear if the Indian army will be able to take proper care of this system. In past, most of the Russian systems worked well in Russia with dismal performance in India. The difference is the maintenance.

Some of the good projects india has selected is Brahmos / Su30 mki and little in barak 8, these are much needed one for india , many countries are refused to give core tech to india , friendly countries like russia and israel are doing something much better than others

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