India Successfully Test-Fires Supersonic Brahmos Missile From Su30MKI

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2017

The Defence Ministry today wrote about the completion of tactical cruise missile triad and said that it will significantly bolster the IAF's capabilities in long-range air combat operations.

Brahmos ALCM weighing 2.5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be carried by the Su-30 MKI, and the aircraft wings and fuselage has been strengthened by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd to carry the weapon.

The move will add firepower to the India Air Force's combat capability. This missile, which is reportedly the world's fastest anti-ship cruise missile can be fitted on a mobile autonomous launcher and can also be launched from a submarine at a depth of 40-50 metres. A compact version of the missile was gravity-dropped from a Sukhoi-30 fighter.

The missile, which travels nearly three times faster than sound, was in April successfully test fired from an Indian Navy ship.

'The extended range BrahMos hit the target with centimetric accuracy. The submarine-launched version is also now in the testing phase.

"Congratulate Team Brahmos and DRDO India for this historic achievement", the defence minister said. The missile is named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Moskva.

The missile test was witnessed by Dr Sudhir Mishra, DG (BrahMos) and CEO and MD, BrahMos Aerospace along with senior IAF officials, Scientists and Officials from DRDO and BrahMos. At Mach 3 velocity, clubbed with an extremely explosive warhead, it can tear apart aircraft carriers in one strike. BrahMos is a mutual endeavor between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and NPOM of Russian Federation.

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