India has plans to deploy its supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos, on the fifth-generation fighter aircraft (FGFA), BrahMos Aerospace chief A Sivathanu Pillai has said.

“If we are able to reduce the weight of the missile below 2t, we can deploy it on the FGFA and we are looking to do that in future,” he added.

“The trials of launching BrahMos cruise missile from air will begin in 2012 and there will be no delay in the programme due to this.”

FGFA is a joint venture aircraft development programme between India and Russia, under which India will induct 250-300 planes.

The missile, with a range of 290km, is already being developed with Russia for deployment on Su-30MKIs of the Indian Air Force, according to the Economic Times.