Rus­sia and In­dia to de­velop BrahMos light cruise mis­sile for PAK FA 5th-gen­er­a­tion jet


The BrahMos light cruise mis­sile will be mounted both in sub­marines’ tor­pedo launch­ers and on Rus­sia’s fifth-gen­er­a­tion T-50 PAK FA (Prospec­tive Air­borne Com­plex of Front­line Avi­a­tion) fighter jet, CEO and Gen­eral De­signer of the Ma­chine-Build­ing Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Con­sor­tium Alexan­der Leonov said.

“We are work­ing on the mis­sile’s light ver­sion. It should fit the size of a tor­pedo tube and be al­most 1.5 times smaller by its weight. It will be pos­si­ble to mount our air­borne mis­sile on a wide range [of air­craft]. Of course, we’ll be de­vel­op­ing it, first of all, for the fifth-gen­er­a­tion plane but, pos­si­bly, it will be mounted on the MiG-35 fighter, al­though we have not car­ried out such de­vel­op­ments,” he said.

The BrahMos su­personic cruise mis­sile is the prod­uct of Rus­sia’s Ma­chine-Build­ing Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Con­sor­tium and In­dia’s De­fence Re­search and De­velop- ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion, which set up BrahMos Aerospace joint ven­ture in 1998.

The mis­sile’s name comes from the names of two rivers: the In­dian Brahma­pu­tra river and the Rus­sian Moskva river. The mis­sile has a range of 290 km and car­ries a war­head weigh­ing 200 to 300 kg.

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