Forty Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters belonging to the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be armed with the BrahMos cruise missile, which is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world.
"As for the plans, the serial production has been launched and rearmament will be carried out, as our Indian colleagues have promised on many occasions. About 40 planes will be equipped with BrahMos missiles. Of course, this will require some time, no less than two or three years, to re-equip the planes and produce air-launched BrahMos missiles," Alexander Leonov, Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building CEO and Chief Designer told TASS.
The IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile against a sea-based target in November 2017. The air-launched 2.5-ton version has a range close to 300km. This version of the missile has additional rear fins for aerodynamic stability during separation from the aircraft during launch.
In May 2019, the IAF tested the BrahMos against a land target.
"The two tests confirmed the universal nature of the missile," Leonov said.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced Wednesday the successful launch of the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft from Andamans. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target, according to the IAF statement
India is planning a test of the air-launched BrahMos supersonic cruise in combat mode to test its ability to penetrate hostile environment. The test planned for the next few days will be the second of the BrahMos from the belly of a Su-30MKI fighter jet
Range and speed of Indias indigenously made BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is planned to be increased to 500 kilometers (311 miles), and over 4.5 mach respectively
BrahMos NG hypersonic cruise missile, the latest development of BrahMos Aerospace, can be launched from submarines and fighter jets such as Su-30MKI, Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and MiG-29s. The BrahMos NG missile can be submarine launched from Torpedo tubes
India is seeking to buy additional 18 Russian-made new Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jets, Deputy Director of Russias Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Vladimir Drozhzhov told reporters on Tuesday. Drozhzhov was quoted as saying by TASS that Russia is processing Indias request for the purchase
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