India successfully test fires air version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi 30 MK-1 aircraft
The launch is considered to be a major milestone in the BrahMos development
Continuing its effort to strengthen armed forces, India on Wednesday successfully test fired the air version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Sukhoi 30 MK-I aircraft at Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
According to the Ministry of Defence, in this copy book flight, the missile launched from Sukhoi 30 MK-I aircraft followed the pre-planned trajectory meeting all mission objectives.
The launch is a major milestone in the BrahMos development. It clears the system for the serial production of air-version BrahMos missiles within the country.
Major airframe assemblies which form the integral part of the Ramjet Engine are indigenously developed by Indian Industry. These include non-metallic air frame sections comprising Ramjet fuel tank and pneumatic fuel supply system.
During the test, the structural integrity and functional performance have been proven. The air version of BrahMos was last flight tested in July 2021.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has praised Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), BrahMos, Indian Air Force and the industry on the successful test firing.
Congratulating the teams involved in the flight test, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy said various laboratories of DRDO, academic institutions, quality assurance and certification agencies, Public Sector Undertakings and Indian Air Force participated in the development, testing, production and induction of this complex missile system.
BrahMos is a joint venture between India (DRDO) and Russia (NPOM) for the development, production and marketing of the supersonic cruise missile.
BrahMos is the potent offensive missile weapon system already inducted into the Indian Armed Forces.