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Russia's UAC may join India in development of BrahMos-2 missile

06.10.2008 <br><br>
Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will participate in the joint development of a new cruise missile with India only if a decision is made to adopt it for service with the Russian Air Force, the company said on Friday.
UAC was formed last year from leading domestic plane producers to streamline the country's aircraft-building industry, and includes Ilyushin, Tupolev, Sukhoi, Antonov and Mikoyan, as well as companies involved in distribution.
"Our participation will be certain only if we receive an official request to equip Russian fighters, the Su-MKI in particular, with these missiles. So far we have not received such a request," said UAC president Alexey Fyodorov.
Russia and India announced in September plans to jointly develop a new <i>BrahMos</i>-2 hypersonic cruise missile.
The new missile will have a top speed of over Mach 5, which would make it virtually impossible to intercept.
At present, <i>BrahMos</i> Aerospace, a joint Indian-Russian venture, produces and markets <i>BrahMos</i> supersonic missiles, whose sea-based and land-based versions have been successfully tested and put into service with the Indian army and navy.
The head of <i>BrahMos Aerospace</i>, Sivathanu Pillai, earlier said that the company had finished the development of the airborne version of the <i>BrahMos</i> missile and the Indian air force had chosen the SU-30 MKI <i>Flanker</i>-H multirole fighter as a trial platform for the missile.
The <i>BrahMos</i> missile has a range of 290 km (180 miles) and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg (660 pounds). It can hit ground targets flying at an altitude as low as 10 meters (30 feet) and has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the U.S.-made subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile.
Analysts estimate that India could purchase up to 1,000 BrahMos missiles for its armed forces in the next decade, and export 2,000 to other countries during the same period.

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