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.