The extended range version of the BrahMos supersonic missile was successfully test-fired today from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
“The launch from the aircraft was as planned and the missile hit the target directly in the Bay of Bengal region,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The BrahMos missile flies at a speed of Mach 2.8 or nearly three times the speed of sound.
The range of the upgraded version of the missile has been increased to around 350 km from the original 290 km.
This was the first example of an extended range version of the missile from a Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft. The missile’s extended range capability coupled with the high performance of the Su-30MKI aircraft gives the Indian Air Force a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the battlefields of the future.
“With this (test-firing), the IAF has acquired the capability to carry out precision strikes from Su-30MKI aircraft against land/sea targets at very long ranges,” the ministry said.
Last month, the Indian Navy successfully test-fired an anti-ship version of the BrahMos missile.
BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russia joint venture, produces supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land platforms.
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