SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
BrahMos Aerospace, the company that is developing BrahMos-Ng (Next Generation), a Mach 3.5 capable supersonic cruise missile for the Indian Armed Forces, is now aiming to reduce the missile’s weight even further. Currently weighing 1.5 tons, the company is looking to bring the weight down to just 1.3 tons, making it compatible with any launch fighter jet in the Indian Air Force (IAF) fleet.
According to Financial Express Online, design work on the NG is ongoing and a design assessment will be carried out in Moscow soon. Following this, qualifying trials of the new version of the BrahMos Missile will be conducted by 2024.
The BrahMos NG will feature an indigenous seeker with an Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and a reduced radar cross-section compared to the previous version. It is expected to be provided to the IAF by 2025. As previously reported, the BrahMos NG could potentially be fitted on the fighter fleets of the SU-30 MKI and the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.
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