First flight of BrahMos missile from SU-30 MKI aircraft successfully conducted

BrahMos Aerospace for the first time successfully demonstrated integration of the world’s most formidable supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos on the Sukhoi SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

In this regard, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s (HAL) Nasik division conducted a test flight of a 2,500 kg supersonic BrahMos missile integrated with SU-30 MKI aircraft at its Nasik airport.

With the successful integration of BrahMos missile system with Su-30 MKI aircraft

  • Indian Air Force (IAF) became the first air force in the world in procession of a supersonic cruise missile system with a long range fighter aircraft.
  • IAF also moved few steps closer towards actual test firing when a 2.5 tonnes supersonic BrahMos air-to-ground missile from the Su-30 MKI.

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  • The powerful supersonic BrahMos missile will enable the IAF to penetrate deep inside the enemy territory to deliver a deadly blow to their vital installations from stand-off ranges.
  • The Sukhoi-BrahMos combination will also help IAF to carry out air combat operations within and beyond visibility range.

About BrahMos missile

  • BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has been designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture of India and Russia.
  • Missile’s name has been derived from the names of two rivers, India’s Brahmaputra River and Russia’s Moskva River.
  • Features: It has top supersonic speed of Mach 2.8 and is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kilogram.
  • It is two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant. It can strike a target at maximum range of 290 km.

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