Air Launch Weapon System
The development work related to the Air launch version of the missile is complete and the aircraft launcher is under production. Work has begun with Sukhoi design bureau, HAL, and the Indian Air Force (IAF) for interface requirements and installation of BRAHMOS on SU-30 MKI.
Two aircraft have been earmarked by the IAF for the initial launch trials which will commence from 2010 onwards, so that the induction can start in 2012. Installations on other aircraft will depend on user requirements.
The SU-30 MKI has a maximum speed of 2 Mach with a single in-flight range of 5,200 km. A total of 8,000 kg payload can be carried by it in a maximum altitude of 17 km.