Brahmos flight test from IAF's Su-30MKI fighter aircraft

Issue No. 23 | December 1-15, 2017Photo(s): By SP Guide Pubns

BrahMos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on Novemebr 22, 2017, after it was successfully flighttested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea based target in the Bay of Bengal. 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 successful maiden test firing of BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF’s air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges. Brahmos ALCM weighing 2.5 tonne is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by the hindustan Aeronautics Limited to carry weapons. BrahMos, the worldclass weapon with multi-platform, multi-mission role is now capable of being launched from land, sea and air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for India. BrahMos is a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and NPOM of Russia.

Dfeence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO and BrahMos for the outstanding accomplishment.

Dr S. Christopher, Chairman DRDO & Secretary, Department of Defence R&D congratulated the Scientists and Engineers for this excellent text book kind of flight test.

The missile test was witnessed by Dr Sudhir Mishra, DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace along with senior Indian Air Force officials, Scientists and Officials from DRDO and BrahMos.