India is testing the aerial version of BrahMos from the Su-30MKI fighter; Clear the way for series production

India has tested the airborne version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from an Indian Air Force Su-30 MKI fighter.

The successful test of the missile, carried out at 10:30 am off the coast of Odisha, cleared the system for mass production.

According to a statement released by the Defense Ministry after the test earlier today (December 8), the main airframe assemblies that are an integral part of the Ramjet engine used in the missile were developed locally by the defense industry. Indian.

“These include non-metallic frame sections comprising a Ramjet fuel tank and pneumatic fuel system,” the statement added.

The aerial version of the BrahMos missile, also known as BrahMos-A, is being integrated with the IAF’s Su-30 MKI fighters.

The IAF first tested the aerial version of the BrahMos missile from a modified Su-30 MKI fighter in 2017. The aerial version of the missile was last tested in flight in July 2021.

As part of a test in 2020, a Su-30 MKI fighter took off with the aerial version of the missile from a base in the Punjab and hit a target with it in the Indian Ocean. A target was hit deep in the Indian Ocean, near at 4,000 km, India today reported, adding that it was “by far the longest [BrahMos] mission”.

The fighter was refueled in flight during its journey to the point from which the missile was to be launched.

The 222nd IAF Tigersharks Squadron, deployed to Thanjavur Air Base in Tamil Nadu, is being outfitted with SU-30 MKIs capable of carrying the air-launched version of the BrahMos missile.

Theoretically, these fighters, equipped with air-launched BrahMos missiles, can hit targets in the eastern Indian Ocean, including the Strait of Malacca, in the event of a conflict with China in this region.

Earlier this year, armed BrahMos Su-30 MKIs participated in an exercise with the US Navy in the Indian Ocean. The exercise gave the armed BrahMos squadron the opportunity to practice maritime strikes.

According to the dispatches, the air-launched version of the missile, lighter than the other versions, weighs about 2.5 tons. BrahMos Aerospace is also developing an “NG” version of the missile for the IAF. The missile will be smaller and lighter than current versions of the BrahMos.

According to fist live, the Su-30 MKI will be able to carry three BrahMos-NG.

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