Addressing a gathering while launching his book 'The Path Unexplored', BrahMos Aerospace chief A Sivathanu Pillai said the firm was preparing for the test-firing of the air- launched version of the missile by the end of this year.

"The BrahMos-Mini would be developed by reducing the size of the booster and the engine and reducing its weight. The missile would then be ready for deployment on submarines and smaller fighter aircraft," he said.

Pillai, who has been the BrahMos chief for the last 15 years, said the joint venture is working towards getting the missile fitted on the planned Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft and smaller warplanes such as the MiG 29K of the Navy.

He said modifications are being done by HAL on the Su-30MKI aircraft for firing of the air-launched version of the missile and significant progress has been made in developing its launcher and other related systems.

Pillai said despite a ban in Russia on induction of any weapon system produced outside the country, President Vladimir Putin was working towards ensuring that the BrahMos missiles are inducted into the Russian forces.

Asked if banning import of weapon systems would help India to develop its own systems, he said such a mechanism can help the country as Indian scientists have developed several systems on their own during the era of restrictions.

He said the BrahMos Aerospace was set up with a capital of USD 300 million and today it has orders worth over USD 6 billion for supplying systems to all the three Services.


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