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Smaller version of BRAHMOS missile being developed for IAF

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BRAHMOS air-launched version at Aero India 2013.

NEW DELHI (PTI): A smaller variant of the 290-km range BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile is being developed for arming IAF's fighter aircraft.

A new version of the missile is to be fitted on the frontline aircraft of Air Force including Su-30MKI, Mirage 2000 and the future inductions such as the 126 multirole combat aircraft, BrahMos officials have said.

For the first time, the Indo-Russian joint venture showcased the model of the new missile at the 15th anniversary celebrations of the tie-up between the two countries.

"Dr. A S Pillai (of the venture) has assured us that BrahMos will be developing a miniaturised version of the missile for our other aircraft and the future inductions," IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne said.

BrahMos officials said the range of the missile would be 290-kms and it would be smaller by around three metres as compared to the present missile.

At the moment, IAF and BrahMos are working on a Rs 6,000 crore project for integrating an air-launched BRAHMOS on the Su-30 MKI aircraft to allow the warplane to carry one missile under its belly.

After the new missile is developed, the Su-30MKI would be able to carry three missiles while other combat jets of the IAF would be able to carry one each, they said.

BrahMos Aerospace is also planning to carry out the underwater test firing of the missile in near future which is expected to pave way for its induction into the Indian submarine arm.

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