New Delhi: The IAF today successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Sukhoi Su-30 MkI fighter aircraft. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory and achieved a direct hit on the sea target, off the coast of Odisha, said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a Press communication. The air launched BrahMos missile, designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL), is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with a range close to 300 km.
The IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched Trisonic class surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on 22 Nov 2017. This was followed by a second live launch over a land target on 22 May 2019.
Today’s was the third such live launch of the weapon and with this launch, the integration of the missile on Sukhoi Su-30 MkI aircraft, is complete. The software development and integration of weapon of the aircraft was undertaken by IAF engineers, while HAL carried out complex mechanical and electrical modifications on aircraft. DRDO and BAPL also contributed to the efforts.
The firing was successfully undertaken with dedicated support from the Indian Navy.
The BrahMos missile provides Indian Air Force (IAF) the much desired capability to strike form large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy, by day or night, and in all weather conditions.
The capability of the missile coupled with the high performance of the Su-30 MkI aircraft gives the IAF a strategic reach and allows it to dominate battle fields over land and sea.
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