Thursday, February 09, 2023

‘Stealthier & Lighter’, India’s LCA Tejas To Be Armed With BrahMos-NG Missile; Could Be Used By Russian Air Force Too

In what could significantly accelerate this development, BrahMos Aerospace CEO and Managing Director, Atul Dinkar Rane, has announced the trials of the air-based version of the next generation BrahMos missile (BrahMos NG) will begin in late 2024.

“We have to make it [missile] smaller,” Rane said, adding that the next generation of the BrahMos missile will be “half the weight,” and its size will also be smaller. “We are working on that right now. We will start testing that by the end of next year,” Rane said.

He said the firm would unveil the missile in two to three years, adding that “it would take maybe a year” to begin production. “So, I will say by December 2025 – the middle of 2026, we will have this smaller missile which we can fit on any aircraft,” the CEO said.

As of now, the Su-30MKI of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is being equipped with air-based BrahMos cruise missiles. In late December, the IAF test-fired an extended-range version of the Brahmos Air Launched missile against a ship target from a SU-30MKI aircraft.

09/02/23 Sakshi Tiwari/EurAsian

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