The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday undertook live test-firing of a BrahMos missile from a Su30 MkI. The test-firing was conducted on the Eastern seaboard. The missile achieved a direct hit on the target, a decommissioned Indian Navy ship. The IAF said that the mission was undertaken in close coordination with the Indian Navy.
Last month also, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the successful test-firing of extended range surface to surface Brahmos missile. This test-firing was conducted in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Also Read: BrahMos, Supersonic Cruise Missile, Successfully Test-Fired From Indian Navy’s Stealth Destroyer INS Chennai
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Recently, reports surfaced that India was developing a new air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. The missile would be able to strike enemy targets at more than 800 km. Earlier the missile had a striking range of 300 km after being released from Su-30MKI fighter jet. The IAF has equipped around 40 of its Su-30MKI jets with Brahmos missiles.
BrahMos is a medium-range stealthy ramjet supersonic cruise missile. It is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world and can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.