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Everything is working in a perfect timeline,” said Mishra. “The IAF has a contract with HAL to modify the fighters for BrahMos. The IAF will start delivering them this year and we will be delivering the missile, which the IAF can use whenever they want.”
Mishra also weighed in on another major initiative, a lighter but potent “NG” version of the BrahMos, which he said could be test-fired from the the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mark 1A within the next two years. The missile, he added, would be a real game-changer.
“It is going to be the future of our armed forces,” he said. “Though initially designed for the Navy, we are now developing an air-to-air version,” he added, crediting Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra for the idea.
“Certain modification has been made to the LCA wing to carry the BrahMos, and some changes have been made to our missile too,” Mishra added, saying the BrahMos NG missile would have a range of at least 300 km.
He said the BrahMos NG would be used to hit slow-moving targets like a airborne warning and control systems (AWACS), transporters and refuellers. Mishra added that the BrahMos NG would be a great asset to submarines because it could even be fired from a torpedo tube.