Fighter Jet Su-30 Flies With BrahMos Missile for First Time

With the successful flight, the programme inches towards actual test firing.

Published25 Jun 2016, 04:58 PM IST
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BrahMos Aerospace on Saturday demonstrated the integration of its supersonic cruise missile system with a Su-30MKI fighter jet of the Indian Air Force.

The demonstration flight, carried out at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), involved carriage of Brahmos missile on the Su-30MKI fighter, a major advance towards trials for launching missiles from the air.

BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India’s Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).

It has been developing a nuclear-capable short-range supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

Su-30 MKI carries a single BrahMos missile on a special pylon, tucked between the engine bays. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/defenseupdate">@<b>defenseupdate</b></a>)
Su-30 MKI carries a single BrahMos missile on a special pylon, tucked between the engine bays. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@defenseupdate)

This is the first time the Brahmos missile was “married” to a fighter jet.

According to sources, the modification to the fighter includes hardened electronic circuitry to shield it from the electromagnetic pulse of a nuclear blast.

The missile was also modified carrying a reduced booster and fins for stability.

With Saturday’s successful flight, the BrahMos air version programme now inches closer towards actual test firing when a 2.5-ton Brahmos air-to-ground missile will be fired from the Sukhoi-30 in the coming months.
BrahMos official

(With IANS inputs)

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