His­toric flight of Su-30MKI with BrahMos mis­sile

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

The first car­riage flight of Su-30MKI air­craft with BrahMos mis­sile was suc­cess­fully achieved at HAL Air­port in Nashik on June 25, 2016. The air­craft was in the air for 45 min­utes and was flown by Wg Cdr Prashant Nair and Wg Cdr M.S. Raju, both flight test crew of ASTE.

“It is a per­fect ex­am­ple of ‘Make in In­dia’ and an engi­neer­ing marvel in avi­a­tion his­tory of In­dia. It proves that when all agen­cies come to­gether with one mis­sion, there is noth­ing like im­pos­si­ble”, said T. Su­varna Raju, CMD, Hin­dus­tan Aero­nau­tics Lim­ited (HAL).

The first mod­i­fied air­craft was air­borne in one year and the sec­ond air­craft in the sec­ond year. This is the sec­ond project where HAL pre­sumed the role of OEM and mod­i­fied the air­frame of li­cence build air­craft.

Sud­hir Ku­mar Mishra, CEO & MD, BrahMos Aero­space Pvt Ltd (BAPL), said it is the first time in the world that such a heavy­weight (2,500 kg) su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile has been in­te­grated on fighter air­craft. “The world did not be­lieve us that we could do it and thanks to the vi­sion of late Pres­i­dent A.P.J. Ab­dul Kalam, we could achieve this to­day and his­tory is made”, he added.

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