In a strategic move that is sure to bolster the defence and offence capabilities of country, work has been started to configure the Brahmos supersonic missile on the Sukhoi-30 MKI frontline aircrafts.
Expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region.
The air-launched variant of the Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, was successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet on November 22, marking a major milestone to enhance the precision strike capability of the air force.
The work to integrate the Brahmos missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft has begun. A timeline for the project is being set, official sources said without elaborating.
It is learnt that the project is expected to be completed by 2020.
The fleet of 40 Sukhoi jet will undergo structural modifications at the state-run aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) for integration of the missile on them.
The 2.5-ton missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.
The range of the missile, an Indo-Russia joint venture, can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year.
Brahmos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft.
Once the project to integrate the weapon on the combat fleet was over, the IAF capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target in sea or land is expected to go up manifold.
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