IAF Test-Fires Extended-Range Brahmos From Sukhoi-30 Fighter

DEFENCE, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India test-fires extended-range version of BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) successfully from Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft. This was the first launch of the extended-range ALCM from the aircraft.

The test was conducted by the India-Russian joint venture, BrahMos Aerospace.

The extended range of the missile is 400 km from the aircraft and the missile achieved a direct hit on its designated target in the Bay of Bengal region. The range was extended over 350km from the original 290 km. BrahMos missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach.

This successful launch has proved that the IAF has the capability to carry out precision strikes from its Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft against surface targets on land or sea, over very long ranges.

A Sukhoi-30MKI squadron is based in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, from where it can undertake missions over the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal or the northern Indian Ocean. Its fighters are armed with the BrahMos ALCM and there are provisions for mid-air refueling to enable these aircraft to undertake long missions at extended ranges.

BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd, an India-Russian joint venture, produces supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms.

In April 2022, an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired jointly by the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • The first-of-its-kind BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) was successfully test-fired from Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft. 
  • The test was conducted by the India-Russian joint venture, BrahMos Aerospace.
  • The extended range of the missile is 400 km from the aircraft and the missile achieved a direct hit on its designated target in the Bay of Bengal region.
  • This successful launch has proved that the IAF has the capability to carry out precision strikes from its Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft against surface targets on land or sea, over very long ranges.
  • In April 2022, an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired jointly by the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

   Facts to know:

  • The BrahMos missile was jointly developed by India and Russia.
  • Speed of BrahMos missile: Mach 2.8.
  • The missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land.
  • BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd is an India-Russian joint venture.
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