BrahMos Mini planned for Navy, Air Force

A new, lighter version of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos called BrahMos-M (Mini) weighing around 1.5 tonnes is being planned for use by the Navy and the Air Force. “BrahMos Aerospace is currently getting the user requirements to finalise the configuration,” said Sudhir Mishra, CEO and MD of BrahMos Corporation (BA).

Once inducted into the Navy, the Mini can be launched from submarine torpedo tubes. For the Air Force a mini version means a Beyond Visual Range missile compatible with future platforms namely, the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft and Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft . When questioned about test firing the air-launched variant from a modified Su-30MKI aircraft, Mr. Mishra told The Hindu that work was progressing to complete the test firing by April-May 2015. The submarine variant which was test fired from a submerged pontoon was a technology demonstration to the Navy. On the issue of exports, India and Russia have agreed that BrahMos will be exported to a list of mutually agreeable nations for defensive purposes. There is a negative list to which exports are never to be done.

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