Monday, September 19, 2011

BrahMos airborne launcher prototype undergoing tests

The Hindu : News / National : BrahMos airborne launcher prototype undergoing tests

The BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) has been contracted to build five prototype airborne launchers of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with its first flight test on a Su-30 MKI aircraft slated to take place by the end of 2012.

Designed by BrahMos engineers and approved by the Sukhoi Design Bureau, original makers of Sukhoi, the launcher was indigenously developed by BATL.........

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), in the meantime, has begun to make necessary modifications to the Sukhoi undercarriage to take on the launcher from which the missile, with a take-off mass of 2,500 kg, would be gravity-dropped.

Once the structural tests of the launcher are over, its mechanism of release would be tested from a static platform using a dummy missile. The launcher would then be integrated onto the reinforced Sukhoi airframe to repeat the test. The electrical interface between the aircraft and the launcher would also be checked using a technology missile with the operation of release carried out from the cockpit. At the end of it, actual air launches of BrahMos — firing of the missile booster from a Sukhoi — would be conducted using the last airborne launcher prototype........

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