After back-to-back successful test launches, BrahMos – the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile – is all set to achieve yet another feat! Sources told FE Online that come June, BrahMos supersonic missile will be test-fired from Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sukhoi-30 MKI frontline fighter jet. BrahMos Aerospace, the joint venture between India and Russia, plans to conduct two tests from the Su-30 MKI. If the tests go as per plan, the missile will be inducted into the IAF, a fact that is likely to send chills down Pakistan’s spine.
Last year, a Su-30 MKI was test flown with the BrahMos missile integrated on it. Before test firing the missile in June, there are plans to conduct a dummy drop test towards the second half of May, sources added. The integration of the BrahMos missile on a Su-30 MKI has been a big achievement and has placed India in a league of its own. According to BrahMos Aerospace MD and CEO Sudhir Mishra, with this integration, India has become the first country in the world to have such capability. “No country in the world has a missile system, the likes of BrahMos, integrated on its frontline fighter jets,” Mishra has told FE Online in the past.
According to BrahMos Aerospace, the Su-30-BrahMos combination will carry out air combat operations within and beyond visibility range and will provide the IAF with the capability of attacking targets protected by powerful air defence assets. Incidentally, the IAF recently enhanced the capability of its frontline base in Punjab’s Halwara, which is close to the Indo-Pak border, by deploying additional Sukhoi fighter jets. Su-30 MKI jets were inducted into the IAF’s ‘Valiant’ squadron and will add to the air force’s offensive capabilities close to the border.
Last week, a land-attack version of the BrahMos was tested from Indian Navy’s ship INS Teg. The land attack variant of long range BrahMos missile was fired from the guided missile frigate, on a target on land. A majority of the frontline ships of Indian Navy, like the INS Kolkata, INS Ranvir and INS Teg classes of ships, are capable of firing the BrahMos missile. With this new version of the BrahMos, the Indian Navy will get the added advantage of being able to neutralise land targets that are deep inland. The navies of Russia, the US, Britain and China have similar strike capabilities, making India a member of the elite group.
Watch: Brahmos Supersonic LACM Fired From INS Teg
In March this year, a 450-km strike range version of the BrahMos was tested successfully for the first time. India has been able to work on increasing the range of the BrahMos missile from its current 290 km after it became a member of the prestigious Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). At Aero India 2017, DRDO chief S Christopher said that yet another version of the BrahMos is under development, and it will have a range of 800 km!