The Indian Air Force on Wednesday said it has successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
The 2.5 tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF’s combat capability
The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound.
The IAF becomes the first in the world to successfully launched and fired the Mach 2.8 attack missile of this category on a sea target on November 22, 2017.
“Today’s was the second such live launch of the weapon. The integration of the weapon on the aircraft was a very complex process involving mechanical, electrical and software modifications on aircraft,” the IAF said.
It said the BrahMos missile provides the Indian Air Force a much desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.