Creating history and a huge strategic heft over Pakistan and China, India on Wednesday successfully test fired world’s most potent supersonic tactical weapon BrahMos from its frontline fighter aircraft Su 30 MKI.
It came as a shot in hand of Indian military which aims to expand its “area of influence” even as New Delhi pursues its “area of interest” in a highly competitive global landscape.
Weighing a whopping 2.5 tonnes, the Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) can strike a target at a distance of about 300 kms. Significantly, BrahMos Aerospace is already working on tweaking the range of the missile, which has a supersonic speed of Mach 2.8, to 450 kms.
Brahmos, the world-class 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.
As and when it will be inducted into the IAF, it will lead to the incarnation of a formidable modern strike system having pin-point accuracy and unmatched flexibility by way of long range and lightening speed.
The BrahMos-A programme went through numerous design and development efforts including modifications to aircraft structure
The weapon was successfully flight-tested for the first time from Su30 MKI 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.
SU30 MKI and BrahMos is a lethal combination having no parallel in the world and is bound to give the Indian Air Force a deadly system with no antidote in the world as it will be able to strike deep in the heart of an adversary evading the most hardened air defence system deployed by the enemy.
The front line Sukhoi fighter having a range of more than 3,000 km and combat radius of abouth 1,500-km launching the 2.5-ton supersonic BrahMos to engage sea and land-based targets at 300-km standoff range will give the IAF an unmatched air combat potentiality.
The BrahMos-A programme went through numerous design and development efforts including modifications to aircraft structure, undertaking aerodynamic analysis, wind tunnel tests, design, development and fabrication of heaviest and longest launcher ever known to be used with a fighter aircraft in the world, interfaces with aircraft, release mechanism, Fire Control System (FCS) etc. matter of pride is that all of this has been done domestically. In addition, modification of the missile itself was done to reduce it weight to 2.5-ton in order to fit it onto the heavy, long-range Sukhoi strike fighter.
The successful flight trial of BRAHMOS from the Sukhoi-30 has once again proved the excellent synergy of efforts between the IAF, DRDO, HAL, Russian counterparts, CEMILAC, RCMA, NAL, NTAF and other industry partners with BrahMos Aerospace as the lead agency.