India, Russia spar over BrahMos missile air version

The India-Russia plan to fit the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on their Sukhoi aircraft is in trouble with the two sides sparring over who will foot the bill to modify the fighter jet’s design. The shadow boxing, which is being carried out behind closed doors at the moment, is over Russia’s demand for additional costs to rework the Su-30 fighter aircraft’s design so that a remodelled, lighter BrahMos missile can be integrated onto it.

Though BrahMos Aerospace managing director Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai denied there were any difference of opinion between the joint venture partners on who will fit the bill for the Sukhoi modification, he did admit that price negotiations were in progress.


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