“BrahMos Missile, 400 km range, Successfully Test launched from a Sukhoi fighter Jet”
The successful test firing was a joint effort by the Air Force, Indian Navy, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and BrahMos Aerospace (BAPL).
New Delhi: The Indian Air Force successfully tested an extended-range version of the BrahMos Air Launched missile against a ship target using a Su-30 MKI fighter jet today.
The IAF successfully fired the Extended Range Version of the Brahmos Air Launched missile. Carrying out a precision strike against a Ship target from a Su-30 MKI aircraft in the Bay of Bengal region, the missile achieved the desired mission objectives. pic.twitter.com/fiLX48ilhv
— Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) December 29, 2022
The BrahMos missile extended range is thought to be capable of destroying targets in the sea 400 kilometers away.
The supersonic cruise missile “achieved the desired mission objectives in the Bay of Bengal region. And, now with the successful test, the Indian Air Force achieved a capability boost to carry out precision strikes from Su-30 fighter aircraft against land/sea targets over long ranges,” according to a statement from the defense ministry.
“The missile’s extended range capability, combined with the high performance of the SU-30MKI aircraft, provides the Indian Air Force with strategic reach. And allows it to dominate future battlefields,” the statement continued.
The Air Force, Indian Navy, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and BrahMos Aerospace collaborated on the successful test firing (BAPL).
The Sukhoi fighter successfully tested the extended-range version of the supersonic missile in May of this year. Thus, according to reports, the extended range has increased from 290 km to 350 km.
The successful test in May marked the first time the missile was fired from the Su-30MKI fighter jet.
The first stage of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is a two-stage solid propellant booster engine that propels it to supersonic speed. And then, the second stage is the liquid ramjet engine, which increases the cruise speed to Mach 3 (3 times the speed of sound).
The BrahMos missile is platform-independent and can be launched from air, land, or sea platforms. So, the missile operates on the ‘Fire and Forget’ principle, which maintains a high supersonic speed throughout its flight. However, According to reports, the missile has a low radar signature.