Brahmos Missile Small-Size Version can be Launched from Submarine Torpedo Tubes

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Brahmos Missile Small-Size Version can be Launched from Submarine Torpedo Tubes
 
A small version of the Russian-Indian cruise missile Brahmos can be launched from submarine torpedo tubes, CEO of the Machine-Building Scientific and Production Association Alexander Leonov said on Friday. The Machine-Building Scientific and Production Association is taking part in developing the Brahmos missile.
     
A small version of the Russian-Indian cruise missile Brahmos can be launched from submarine torpedo tubes, CEO of the Machine-Building Scientific and Production Association Alexander Leonov said on Friday. The Machine-Building Scientific and Production Association is taking part in developing the Brahmos missile.
Scale model of Brahmos launched from a submarine VLS at INDODEFENCE 2012
     
"Unlike the Brahmos missile, its version is a little smaller and can be located in a torpedo tube," the CEO said. According to Leonov, an aircraft version of the Brahmos missile is also being developed, which will allow Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets making up the mainstay of India’s Air Force to carry more cruise missiles.

As of today, a Su-30MKI fighter jet can be armed with only one Brahmos missile. Leonov confirmed the information that future Indian-made submarines would be armed with Brahmos cruise missiles. "The Indian Defense Ministry is planning to provide future submarines with Brahmos missiles," the CEO said.

The cruise missile was successfully launched from an underwater test bench in the spring of 2013 as part of its trials. In 2016, India is planning to start flight tests of the aircraft version of the Brahmos missile, using a Su-30MKI fighter jet. The company manufacturing the Brahmos missile said earlier that it was ready to develop a compact version of the missile in 2017. The company said that the missile would be launched from submarines and fifth-generation fighter jets under development by Russia and India.

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