BrahMos supersonic cruise missile successfully tested from Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet

Then, the two-stage missile's engine fired up and propelled to the sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.

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.

The BrahMos has been inducted into the Navy and Army from 2006 onwards, but this version is more versatile because unlike warships, which are slow-movers, a fast-moving Sukhoi-30 fighter can travel at least 1,500 km towards a target before the missile itself is fired. The missile went in its planned trajectory and hit its target. Brahmos is the flight which is capable of being launched from land, sea and air. It has a strike range of 290 km and can carry conventional warhead up to 300 kg.

Given its speed of Mach 2.8 (2.8 times the speed of sound), it is extremely hard intercept the BrahMos missile by surface-to-air missiles deployed on leading warships around the world. Sources told TOI earlier this week that 42 Sukhoi fighters will eventually be armed with BrahMos missiles once the air-launched missiles have undergone a battery of successful tests. It is also first supersonic cruise missile known to be in service.

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In a first, BrahMos missile fired succesfully from Sukhoi aircraft

One of the major challenges overcome by scientists of Research Centre Imarat, Defence Research and Development Organisation, in the missile development was optimisation of transfer alignment of inertial sensors of the missile. And the Brahmos missile named after the popular rivers like Moscow and Brahmaputra.

"India creates a world record and completes Supersonic Cruise Missile Triad by successfully testing #BRAHMOS #ALCM from Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft".

Union Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and BrahMos for the outstanding accomplishment. "Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for this historic achievement", she tweeted on Wednesday.

The missile, which travels three faster than the speed of sound, was developed by India and Russian Federation.

  • Rosalie Stanley