Indian Air Force on Wednesday achieved another significant milestone by successfully test firing the air launched version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet. With this Indian Air Force becomes first Air Force in the world to have such a advanced capability. The Indian Air Force spokesperson Anupam Banerjee stated that the launch of air launched version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet was smooth and the missile accompanied the desired trajectory ahead of hitting the land target.
The air launched version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile allows Indian Air Force to strike on any target at sea or land with pinpoint accuracy in day, night or in any weather condition. This was the second successful test fire of air launched version of Brahmos missile from Sukhoi-30 MKI, The first successful test was conducted in November 2017 against sea based target in Bay of Bengal.
The air launched version of Brahmos supersonic cruise missile has 2.5 tonnes of weight, range of 290 km and can travel at speed of Mach 3. Due to its high speed it becomes difficult for enemies to counter this missile. The Brahmos is equipped with advanced technology and can be launched from Submarine, aircraft, ships and land. The ship and land version of Brahmos missile are already in service with Indian Armed Forces. The Brahmos missile are jointly developed by Russian federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).