World’s deadliest supersonic cruise missile BRAHMOS in its advanced air-to-ground configuration was successfully test fired today on 22nd May 2019 from the Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft against a land target in India’s eastern coast, bringing a quantum leap in the IAF’s air combat capability.
National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 22 May 2019
IAF’s frontline combat platform Su-30MKI carrying the formidable BRAHMOS airborne weapon took off from IAF airbase from Southern India at 0930 hrs.
The air launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with ranges of close to 300 km, designed and developed by BAPL. The IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target on 22 Nov 17. Today’s was the second such live launch of the weapon.
The integration of the weapon on the aircraft was a very complex process involving mechanical, electrical and software modifications on aircraft. The IAF has been involved in the activity from its inception. The software development of the aircraft was undertaken by the IAF engineers while HAL carried out mechanical and electrical modifications on the aircraft. The dedicated and synergetic efforts of the IAF, DRDO, BAPL and HAL have proven the capability of the nation to undertake such complex integrations.
The missile, after being gravity dropped from the fighter’s fuselarge, flew for its full range towards the designated land target set at the Car Nicobar Island and hit it with “bull’s eye precision,” top level officials who witnessed today’s launch confirmed.
The successful mission was undertaken in the presence of senior IAF officials along with top DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace scientists and engineers.
The firing could be successfully undertaken with dedicated support from Indian Navy by way of ensuring availability of a large number of monitoring ships to ensure range safety clearance.
Congratulating the IAF, DRDO and team BrahMos for yet another spectacular BRAHMOS-A mission, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “Today, the formidable BRAHMOS air launched cruise missile has perfectly validated its precision attack capability against land target. With this successful mission, the Indian Air Force’s air combat power has reached an unprecedented level.”
Dr Satish Reddy, Chairman DRDO congratulated IAF, DRDO and BrahMos team for achieving this successful feat.
Dr Sudhir Mishra, DS & DG BrahMos DRDO, congratulated the team and said that this Joint effort of BrahMos, DRDO , NPOM & Indian Air force has validated once again its devastating capabilities with Precision and has given a boost to the long strike capability of Indian Air force capable of sending shivers down the spines of the adversaries
BrahMos Aerospace had conducted maiden successful test firing of BRAHMOS ALCM against a ship target in November 2017 in the Bay of Bengal off India’s eastern coast.
The historic mission made India the first and only country in the world to complete a supersonic cruise missile triad.
The BrahMos missile provides Indian Air Force a much desired capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions. The capability of the missile coupled with the superlative performance of the Su-30MKI aircraft gives the IAF the desired strategic reach.