India on Wednesday created history by test-firing the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile from the Su30mki combat aircraft. The test was conducted at the Bay of Bengal on a simulated ship target.
“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,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
The Defense Minister also congratulated all the scientists and IAF crew involved in the test.
For the test, a Su30mki was calibrated with special pylons to carry the 2.5-ton supersonic cruise missile. The test was conducted in the afternoon after the weather was found favorable. However, it will take some more time.
The airborne version of BrahMos will provide a great edge to the Indian Air Force in conducting standoff range missions. The missile is jointly developed by India and Russia.