India created history by successfully test firing the BrahMos supersonic missile from IAF Su 30 fighter jet around noon today from an air force base in West Bengal The missiles were fired on a target over the Bay of Bengal.
There were two fighter jets involved, one which fired the missile and the other which kept a track of the same from the flight, to fire to hit. BrahMos had to keep in mind the moving platform from which the missiles were to be launched and therefore the payload of the missile had to be reduced. The modifications made were done so keeping in mind the design and compatibility it needed to be integrated with the Sukhoi aircraft.
The missile jointly designed by India and Russia is the fastest of its kind with a strike range of 290 km and carries a conventional warhead up to 300 kgs. Armed with supersonic speed and high precision, the missile has a supersonic speed of Mach 2.8.
In a statement issued by the Government ministry, it states that the missile successfully tests fired the missile which was gravity dropped from the Su- 30 from the fuselage and the two-stage missile engine was fired up and propelled towards the intended target at the sea in the 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 is a game changer for India's security forces as it is a world class weapon with multi-platform, multi-mission row which can now fire from all mediums; land, air and water, successfully completing the tactical cruise missile triad for India.
The Minister of Defence congratulated the joint teams of DRDO and NPOM for their accomplishment today which was witnessed by Dr Sudhir Mishra, DG (BrahMos) & CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace along with senior IAF officials, Scientists and Officials from DRDO and BrahMos.