The country is planning to make an Air Force version of the supersonic Brahmos cruise missile to suit Sukhoi MKI platform, an official said in Bangalore on the sidelines of the ongoing Aero show.
The Brahmos missile has identical configuration for land, sea and sub sea platforms. The air-launched version will have a smaller booster and additional tail fins for stability during launch.
"This involves design adaptable to Sukhoi-30 aircraft and then development effort because we have to take into account the speed of the mother aircraft and also the weight carrying capability of the aircrafts. This calls for some design improvements, which have to be carried on, and then we have to carry a mock up flight trial from another flying platform before we induct in the system. This is going to take considerable time and effort. We expect in two-three years' time we should be available to make the first flight trial," the Chief executive officer and Managing Director of Brahmos A. Sivathanu Pillai said in an interview with ANI.
Pillai further said that there was a plan to produce about 100 missiles every year, which would be compatible to many platforms.
Brahmos, named after India's Brahmaputra River and Russia's Moscow River, is primarily an anti-ship missile but can be used against land targets as well. It can be launched from land, sea and air.
Jointly developed with Russia, the missile has a range of 290 km and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg.