Russia and India are starting the flight testing of the advanced Brahmos air-launched supersonic cruising missile. The first launches of the missile are scheduled for 2013, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the First Deputy Director General of NPO Mashinostroyenia, Alexander Dergachev.
Brahmos Aerospace is the joint venture between Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO, India) and NPO Mashinostroyenia (Russia). Itwasestablishedin 1998. Brahmos specializes on development of supersonic ship-based, land-based, air-launched and submarine-launched missiles.
"At present we have almost completed the development of the missile and started work on adaptation of Su-30MKI jets", - Dergachev said. According to him, the missile underwent a number of ground tests and now it is ready for flight testing. "The flight testing with a mockup (without dropping it) will be started in 2012. Real missile launching will be started in 2013", - he said.
He also noted that the Russian party is responsible for development of the missile while the Indian party is responsible for the whole “aircraft-missile” system. Brahmos is the heavy supersonic missile developed by Russia and India. Its weight is 2.55 tons, length – 8.3 m, diameter – 0.67 m. BrahMos Aerospace was named after the rivers of India and Russia – Brahmaputra and Moskva. It is headquartered in New Delhi. The company manufactures two-stage solid-fueled cruising missiles with a range of 290 km, which are able to carry warheads with a weight of 200-300 kg.