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"BrahMos software being modified to overcome range problem"

After its recent failure in Pokhran ranges, the BrahMos supersonic missile's software was being modified so that it could meet the requirements of the Army, a top defence official said.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2009 19:04 IST

After its recent failure in Pokhran ranges, the BrahMos supersonic missile's software was being modified so that it could meet the requirements of the Army, a top defence official said on Saturday.

"The software currently used was not adequate for hitting short distance targets. We have now modified the software. Simulation tests are on and the software is being validated," BrahMos Aerospace Chief Executive Officer Dr A Sivathanu Pillai told reporters here.

The new vertical launch version of BrahMos, the 290-km range supersonic cruise missile developed jointly by India and Russia, failed to hit its intended target during tests in the Pokhran ranges in Rajasthan desert last month.

Following this, Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor has said his force would prefer further trials of the missile to be sure of its success, rather than hurrying up induction.

Pillai also said the missile would be inducted into the Indian Airforce as scheduled in 2012. The air version would be fitted on the Sukhoi 30-MKi.

The Sukhoi design bureau in Moscow had already made the necessary alterations in the fighter aircraft, he said.

A high-level committee comprising officials from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, the IAF, and the BrahMos Aerospace were in discussions about the induction of the air version.