About 40 Russian-made Su-30MKI fighter jets of India’s Air Force will be armed with BrahMos-A air-launched missiles in the next two or three years, CEO and Chief Designer of Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building Alexander Leonov said on Tuesday.

“As for the plans, the serial production has been launched and rearmament will be carried out, as our Indian colleagues have promised on many occasions. About 40 planes as the first batch will be equipped with BrahMos missiles. Of course, this will require some time, no less than two or three years, to re-equip the planes and produce air-launched BrahMos missiles,” the chief executive said.

Manager for Marketing at the Russia-India BrahMos Aerospace Joint Venture Praveen Pathak told TASS last week that the BrahMos-A air-launched missile, which the JV was developing, had hit a ground target for the first time during a test launch. In 2017, the BrahMos-A missile was test-launched for the first time, successfully hitting a naval target.

The chief executive of the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building said that the two test launches were “very important” as they had been held both against a naval and a ground target. “The universal nature of the BrahMos missile has been fully confirmed,” Leonov said.

The BrahMos missile has been developed by Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (the town of Reutov near Moscow) and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

The missile’s name comes from the names of two rivers: the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. The missile’s first launch took place on June 12, 2001, from a coastal launcher. The missile’s production has been arranged at enterprises in Russia and India.

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  1. Alusing : BrahMos has already been integrated on Rafale, meaning that any Rafale fit with the custom hardpoints India will receive can use a BrahMos without any other mod!
    Since MBDA proposed a conventional version of ASMP-A to France which was rejected by the govt. under the excuse a launch could be misinterpreted as a nuclear attack, India should have jumped in… ASMP-A is on par with BarhMos (Mach3, 500km+ range, 300 kilotons warhead instead of 200 Kt), France has only built a limited number, all for pure nuclear purposes. India could have purchased the full assembly line and the technology for pretty cheap…
    A little difference : the weight : air launched BrahMos weights 2,500kg… ASMP-A a little less than 900kg… This would just have made the missile launchable even by Tejas after integration… IDK if it could be fit under the central hardpoint, having no means to measure how the landing gear places, but the two internal-wing hardpoints are also rated for 1,200kg, while Rafale has at least 5 hardpoints rated to carry more than a ton (3 are even rated for 4,000 kg) while a Mirage-2000 can carry 3 and MiG-29 may not have problems to carry 3 too… If you have to chase ships, they come in fleets… If even your light combat aircraft can carry two Mach-3 anti-ship (optionally nuclear) cruise missiles while the medium/heavy ones are able to carry at least 5, while re-using the booster stage of some SAM to create a ground/sea launched version would not be a huge problem (you need at least 900-1000km/h to have the ramjet working properly on both missiles).
    Even the smaller BrahMos-M still weights 1.5t. They say Tejas will carry it but since no hard point is rated over 1.2t…
    While, with a 3,085 kg payload, if size is unlikely to allow an ASMP-A to be carried under the BAe Hawk trainer, carrying 2 under the wings and a 1,200L drop tank is technically feasible.

    I’m not bashing BrahMos which is clearly a very serious asset, it’s just that.. It’s very heavy while even the small Hawk trainer has potential to be used to hunt navy-vessels with a conventional version of ASMP-A.
    India surely missed an opportunity, it’s not the 1st and surely not the last, nevertheless, considering how 2 of her neighbour are friendly, wanting to operate land-thefts, that China can be considered as a super-power while Pakistan has became China’s bïtch and is still VERY aggressive (trans-border shelling or snipping happen on a daily basis, Pak also supports terrorist groups who caused thousands of death in India), China also lusts on Nepal and Buthan which are protected by Indian army, since they have… None, just like Tibet hadn’t an army and was invaded and annexed by China.
    It appears to me that India should consider only force-multipliers.
    I’d love to work with them at optimising their military in a way they can face a two fronts invasion and win without the need of going nuclear, moreover they have very capable scientists at DRDO and I love this country and its culture (and food, although beef lacks at the menu. Well, at least pork is available).