India hopes to develop a version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile capable of being launched from aircraft in the next two years, a leading defence scientist said here on Monday.
After the successful testing of the naval version of the missile that was jointly designed and developed by India and Russia, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is now evaluating the BrahMos's capability for targeting land-based targets, said A. Sivathanu Pillai, DRDO's chief controller of research and development.
"The trials using BrahMos against sea targets, particularly by the Indian Navy, were very successful," said Pillai, who is also managing director of the Indo-Russian company that makes the missiles.
The aerial version of the missile is in the design stage and actual development would start in two years, Pillai told reporters on the sidelines of a medical seminar at Tiruchirapally, about 400km south of here.
"Now we are producing the anti-ship version of BrahMos. The missile will be produced simultaneously in Russia and India, in keeping with the bilateral agreement."
The Brahmos is named after the Brahmaputra and Moscow rivers.
India and Russia plan to develop three versions of the BrahMos for use with submarines and ships, aircraft and land-based mobile launchers.
BrahMos is primarily an anti-ship missile. However, it can be reconfigured to engage land-based targets.