On May 22, the Indian Air Force successfully test-fired an air-launched BRAHMOS BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter, the Indian Defense Minister said.
“The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target,” the released statement said.
“The air launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with ranges of close to 300 km, designed and developed by BAPL. The IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on 22 Nov 17. Today’s was the second such live launch of the weapon. The integration of the weapon on the aircraft was a very complex process involving mechanical, electrical and software modifications on aircraft. The IAF has been involved in the activity from its inception. The software development of the aircraft was undertaken by the IAF engineers while HAL carried out mechanical and electrical modifications on the aircraft. The dedicated and synergetic efforts of the IAF, DRDO, BAPL and HAL have proven the capability of the nation to undertake such complex integrations.”
This missile was first tested by India’s Su-30MKI in November 2017. The video below shows this very first test.
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