The Defence Ministry today wrote about the completion of tactical cruise missile triad and said that it will significantly bolster the IAF's capabilities in long-range air combat operations.
The missile was gravity dropped from the fuselage of Su-30MKI, and the two-stage missile's engine fired up and straightway propelled towards the intended target at the sea in the Bay of Bengal. "The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the ship target".
The Indian Army had in May successfully test-fired the advanced BrahMos Block III land attack cruise missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This is the fastest of its kind and has got a strike range of 290 km, it carries a conventional warhead up to 300 kgs.
The name Brahmos has been taken from two rivers - Brahmaputra and Moskva.
BrahMos ALCM being fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI
The BrahMos test firing from the Sukhoi-30MKI would increase its export potential.
The proposal for fitting the Su-30MKIs was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security in October 2012, with the decision that the IAF will get over 200 air-launched versions of the BrahMos missiles.
The missile test was held witnessing by Dr. Sudhir Mishra, Director General (DG) (BrahMos), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director (MD), BrahMos Aerospace including senior IAF officials, Scientists and Officials from DRDO and BrahMos. In all HAL will modify at least 50 Su-30 MKI aircraft to carry the nuclear-capable cruise missiles. BrahMos is a joint venture between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).
The land and warship versions have already been inducted by the armed forces.
The missile, which travels three faster than the speed of sound, was developed by India and Russian Federation.
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