Though there are news from DRDO and Brahmos Aerospace Ltd that a lighter varient of Brahmos is under development which can be integrated with LCA Tejas MK1 and MK1A. This varient is known as Brahmos NG. It’s weight will be around 1500 kg and warhead of 200 kg. All other flight characteristics will be equivalent like current Brahmos. In 2019’s Aero India exhibition a mock up of Tejas with Brahmos NG is being shown. It seems both DRDO and Brahmos Aerospace is marketing for this new missile.
A lighter sleeker variant of the Indo-Russian cruise missile dubbed as Brahmos-NG (Next Generation ) will be ready for developmental trials by 2024 said recently a top official of the Brahmos Aerospace. Indo-Russian joint venture company will develop a 1.5-ton Brahmos-NG which is nearly 1 ton lesser in terms of weight when compared to Brahmos-A missiles in service with Indian Air Force (IAF) and 1.5 ton lighter when compared to BrahMos currently in service today with the Indian Army and Indian Navy.
The BrahMos NG assumes significance as it will be capable of being launched from all platforms like air, water and sea. It will be compatible for launches through ground launch vehicles, destroyers and other naval attack vessels, torpedo tubes in submarines and air launch as well. It will be highly versatile and will prove to be a potent weapon that will bolster our strike capabilities as well as improve export offerings. The current version has failed to draw much attention from the market in terms of export demand. This will be a more desirable variant, we believe,” a source in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told this newspaper.
Will Tejas we able to carry one Brahmos under its fuselage?
Brahmos cruise missile had to be stripped off its weight considerably(500kg) to make it viable for Sukhoi Su 30 MKI(currently the heaviest multirole fighter in service) to carry it. This is not without compromising the operational parameters of the aircraft which means when this aircraft is loaded with BrahMos