Indian Air Force Hails Successful Testing of BrahMos; Watch Video

All about India's devastating supersonic Brah Mos cruise missile

The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired an air-launched nuclear-capable BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30 MKI multirole air superiority fighter jet on November 22, India's Ministry of Defense announced in a statement today.

"The missile was gravity dropped from the Su-30 from fuselage, and the two stage missile's engine fired up and straightway propelled towards the intended target at the sea in Bay of Bengal", the statement read.

The BrahMos missile provides Indian Air Force a much desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target be in sea or land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.

For the test goal, two fighter jets were involved to attain the task, one of those fired the missile and the other one kept a track of that very missile which involved tracking it from the flight, to fire to hit. While one was integrated with the missile another would track all along its flight - from fire to hit. According to sources, the air-to-ground sleek BrahMos missiles can be used for pinpoint strikes on terror camps located deep inside enemy territory or to take out underground nuclear bunkers.

The air launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with ranges of more than 400 kms.

The missile, weighing 2.4-tonne instead of the original 2.9-tonne, was tested from a twin-engine Sukhoi fighter over the Bay of Bengal. For India, that completes its tactical cruise missile triad.

BrahMos is a joint venture between India and Russian Federation and named after the Brahmaputra and Moscowa rivers.

The land-launched and ship-launched versions of the missile are already in service. The test-fire was witnessed by Dr Sudhir Mishra, DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace along with senior IAF officials, Scientists and Officials from DRDO and BrahMos.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) team and Indian Air Force.

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