In an exclusive interview to The Machinist magazine, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, India’s top missile scientist and the MD & CEO of BrahMos Aerospace has said that work is in progress for the Mini version of the BrahMos missile.
BrahMos Aerospace is currently doing a feasibility study for the new revolutionary weapon. The primary features of the new missile would be that it will be lighter, smaller, agile, highly lethal and more precise over its predecessor. It will have a top speed of 3.5 Mach. The weapon will carry a similar payload and will have the same range like its predecessor.
“The BrahMos-Mini will be around six metres in size. Our main purpose of developing BrahMos-Mini is to ensure that it is deployed on a larger number of military platforms. In particular, torpedo tubes of submarines and fighter aircraft like SU-30 MKI, MiG-29 and FGFA,” Mishra shared.
BrahMos Aerospace, India’s top missile manufacturer has initiated work on the new project and it will take around three years to design, develop and validate this miniature variant of the missile. “As of now, we have set the date for the year 2017-2018 by which time the new missile would be inducted into our armed forces,” Mishra told The Machinist magazine.
Read the detailed interview in the October 2014 edition of The Machinist magazine.