Finally, after continued delays, the state-owned BrahMos Aerospace is now all set to conduct the live-fire test of the BrahMos cruise missile from Su-30mki combat aircraft this week.
Nearly 20 live test-fires will be required before its induction. More than 40 Su30mki will be tailored to carry the 2.5-ton supersonic cruise missile.
So far, the integration of the missile with Sukhoi aircraft has been successful. Two IAF have employed its two Su-30mki for the trials with a special pylon to fit the missile.
BrahMos is the fastest supersonic cruise missile with more than a 300km range. It is also a joint development between India and Russia. It’s land version and sea version are already operational with the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
The air-launched version will provide a great edge to the Indian Air Force in carrying out strikes at a standoff range without entering in enemy territory.