Question: Is Su30MKI going to carry only one Brahmos between the engines or there is some talk of a special batch of Su30MKI's being configured for 2misssiles.. is it true?
Pillai: The airlaunched version will be fitted on Su30MKI's manufactured in India.. they will be produced at HAL, Nasik.. a batch of Su30MKI's that will be produced in a special configuration... this batch will be able to carry one Brahmos..
Any guesses.. what that means? There is a lot of depth in that statement...
What I can gather is this:
The 'special configuration' for brahmos will be produced at Nashik, and in limited numbers. Limited numbers, because, the 'special configuration' will have strengthened structure, thus adding weight and hence payload. Rest of which produced in India will be of standard design for general purpose.
The new series of 40 ordered (at a much higher unit cost) will be produced in Russia and will be the 'gold standard'. They will be the standby weapon platforms to carryout 'very very special' combat missions.