Finally, Indian Air Force’s frontline supersonic fighter jet Sukhoi Su-30MKI got the power of the BrahMos missile.
On June 25, a modified Sukhoi flew with the BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile specially integrated to its belly hardpoint.
A demonstration was carried out at the HAL facility in Nashik. The fighter took off with the attached carriage.
With this successful test, India took a leap in terms of air combat and overall defence capability.
Once the actual firing test – the air-to-ground BrahMos missile fire – is done, India will become the world’s only country with an Air Force that can attack with a supersonic cruise missile from a fighter.
The actual missile will weigh 2.5 tons.
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is already one of the world’s foremost fighters. It is equipped with an array of some of the deadliest missiles including beyond visual range capability.
It helped that BrahMos is an Indo-Russian venture and Sukhoi is a Russian-made fighter.
In its official statement, BrahMos Aerospace stated that the multirole fighter will be able to “penetrate deep inside the enemy territory to deliver a deadly blow to their vital installations from stand-off ranges”.