DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su30 MkI fighter jet on the Eastern seaboard with an aim to demonstrate its operational preparedness. A variant of the Sukhoi Su-30, it is a heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter.
The "live firing" of the missile was carried out by the Indian Air Force in close coordination with the Indian Navy. The launched missile hit the target with accuracy and precision.
In 2016, the government had decided to integrate the air-launched variant of the Brahmos into over 40 Sukhoi fighter jets to enhance the IAF's capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target on sea or land.
BrahMos missile is a supersonic cruise missile that flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms. The range of the advanced version of the BrahMos missile was increased to 350 km from the original 290 km. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built under license by India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for the Indian Air Force.