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Mini BrahMos Planned for Navy & Air Force
Nov 04, 2014

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.

Once inducted into the Navy, the Mini BrahMos can be launched from submarines torpedo tubes. For the Air Force a mini version means a Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile compatible with future platforms namely, the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA) and Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).

Test firing the air launched variant from a modified Su-30MKI aircraft, is in progress and expected to complete by April-May 2015. The submarine variant which was test fired from a submerged pontoon was a technology demonstration to the Indian Navy. Further, developmental trials will happen only when the Navy evinces an interest which they haven’t yet, partly due to non-availability of platforms.


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