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India Fighter Jets To Launch Supersonic Cruise Missiles

The BrahMos missile in action
by Staff Writers
New Delhi (AFP) Apr 18, 2006
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun work to arm its frontline fighter jets with supersonic cruise missiles being developed jointly with Russia, a report said Monday. "We need only small changes to be made," Sivathanu Pillai, chief executive of the Indian-Russian firm BrahMos Aerospace told the Press Trust of India (PTI).

"But it will be a giant leap because if we deploy aircraft with BrahMos missiles, we would be the first country to deploy supersonic airborne missiles," Pillai was quoted as saying.

Pillai said the modifications were being carried out for India's Russian-built Sukhoi-30 multi-role jet fighters.

"Already the needful modifications are being worked simultaneously at BrahMos Aerospace, IAF and Hindustan Aeronautics," he said but did not give a date for when the smaller cruise missiles would be fitted to the Sukhois.

India has already fitted some of its warships with 300-kilometre (186-mile) BrahMos missiles and is currently working on a version for its land forces.

India and its largest military supplier, Russia, are also trying to sell the supersonic missile in Asian arms markets.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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