Successful test of air-to-surface cruise missile Brahmos gives IAF stand-off capability

India on Wednesday claimed to have set a successfully test-fired the "world's fastest" supersonic cruise missile from IAF's Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet.

With the successful test of the air launched version of India's BrahMos missile, the Indian Air Force will now have the ability to strike hostile warships and ground targets more than 400 kilometres away with precision accuracy and within minutes of being ordered to strike. Footage released by the IAF, and shot from an escort plane, showed the missile in free fall before its engine firing and propelling it towards a target. Weighing 2.5 tonnes, BrahMos is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India's Su-30 fighter aircraft. "The software development of the aircraft was undertaken by the IAF engineers while the HAL [Hindustan Aeronautics Limited] carried out mechanical and electrical modifications on aircraft", it added.

Variants of BrahMos missiles have been in use in the Army and the Navy since 2007. According to sources, the air-to-ground sleek BrahMos missiles can be used for pinpoint strikes on terror camps located deep inside enemy territory or to take out underground nuclear bunkers. The supersonic cruise missile is the fastest in the world in its class now in operation, being able to reach a speed of Mach 3.0, three times the speed of sound.

Brahmos flight tested from Sukhoi-30MKI fighter successfully today.

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It the only supersonic cruise missile possessing this advanced capability in the world providing an edge to the user with precise hit, The New Indian Express reported.

Union defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman congratulated DRDO on its achievement.

BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture formed in 1998, manufactures the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land. India already has the BrahMos missile land and naval version in service, with the successful aerial launch completing India's tactical cruise missile triad, the Defense Ministry said. She congratulated the DRDO and Team BrahMos.

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