Brahmos test fired from Sukhoi jet, boost to IAF's prowess

"The capability of the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30 aircraft gives the IAF a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the ocean and the battle fields," the IAF said.

PTI
New Delhi, Publish Date: Nov 23 2017 12:57AM | Updated Date: Nov 23 2017 12:57AM
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In a major milestone, India today successfully test fired the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile Brahmos from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet for the first time, bolstering the precision strike capability of its air force.

The defence ministry said that the test firing against a target in the Bay of Bengal reflected the capability of the armed forces to launch the weapon from air, apart from land and sea, completing the cruise missile triad for the country.

The IAF said it became the first air force in the world to successfully launch a surface attack missile of this category and that the weapon provided it a much desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target in sea or land with "pinpoint accuracy" in all weather conditions.

"The capability of the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30 aircraft gives the IAF a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the ocean and the battle fields," the IAF said.

The successful test firing of the 2.5 ton missile, which flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km, paved the way for its induction into the IAF.

The range of the missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year.