India to test supersonic BrahMos missile from Sukhoi fighter jet this week

Elias Hubbard
November 14, 2017

India is all set to add more precision to its armoury with the test-fire of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

While the Sukhoi has a cruising range of 3,200 kilometres, the air-to-ground BrahMos missiles have also made a reputation for being deadly in pinpoint strikes.

The deadly combination of a fighter jet with cruise missile which flies nearly three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, will be another feather in Indian Navy and Defence. Sources told the newspaper the missile can potentially be used for surgical strikes on units of terror outfits situated in the interiors of enemy territory.

Since India has past year joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) of 34 nation, the cap on proliferation of missiles and drones over the range of 300-km was removed. Orders for the missiles have crossed Rs 27,000-crore mark.

Developed by a joint venture India's Defence Research and Development Organization and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia, BrahMos are the first choice for the Army, Navy and IAF as a conventional precision-strike weapon. The name BrahMos is a portmanteau formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russian Federation.

According to sources, preparations for the test are nearly complete. However, the forces are now testing another version of the missile with a range of 450 km, reported TOI.

Presently, IAF has already inducted 240 of the 272 twin-seat Sukhois, which were acquired from Russian Federation on a contract for over Dollars 12 billion.

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and BrahMos Aerospace have been trying to integrate the missiles with Sukhois. This version of the BrahMos missile is a lighter one which weighs around 2.4 tonnes relatively less as compared to the original one which weighed 2.9 tonnes.

Initially, a hypersonic version of the BrahMos has been planned by the defence ministry.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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