Brahmos flight test from IAF’s Su-30MKI fighter air­craft

SP's MAI - - AEROSPACE DEVELOPMENTS -

BrahMos, the world’s fastest su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile cre­ated his­tory on Nove­mebr 22, 2017, af­ter it was suc­cess­fully flighttested first time from the In­dian Air Force’s (IAF) front­line fighter air­craft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea based tar­get in the Bay of Ben­gal. The mis­sile was grav­ity dropped from the Su-30 from fuse­lage, and the two stage mis­sile’s en­gine fired up and straight­way pro­pelled to­wards the in­tended tar­get at the sea in Bay of Ben­gal.

The suc­cess­ful maiden test fir­ing of BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Mis­sile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will sig­nif­i­cantly bol­ster the IAF’s air com­bat op­er­a­tions ca­pa­bil­ity from stand-off ranges. Brahmos ALCM weigh­ing 2.5 tonne is the heav­i­est weapon to be de­ployed on In­dia’s Su-30 fighter air­craft mod­i­fied by the hin­dus­tan Aeronautics Lim­ited to carry weapons. BrahMos, the world­class weapon with multi-plat­form, multi-mis­sion role is now ca­pa­ble of be­ing launched from land, sea and air, com­plet­ing the tac­ti­cal cruise mis­sile triad for In­dia. BrahMos is a joint ven­ture be­tween De­fence Re­search and Devel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) of In­dia and NPOM of Rus­sia.

Dfeence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man con­grat­u­lated DRDO and BrahMos for the out­stand­ing ac­com­plish­ment.

Dr S. Christo­pher, Chair­man DRDO & Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of De­fence R&D con­grat­u­lated the Sci­en­tists and En­gi­neers for this ex­cel­lent text book kind of flight test.

The mis­sile test was wit­nessed by Dr Sud­hir Mishra, DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos Aero­space along with se­nior In­dian Air Force of­fi­cials, Sci­en­tists and Of­fi­cials from DRDO and BrahMos.

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