Indian Air Force test fired air launched version of BrahMos missile.

The Indian Air Force, on October 30, 2020,  has successfully test fired an air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.  The cruise missile was test-fired from the Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal. The missile successfully hit a sinking ship with pin-point accuracy.

Highlights

The Sukhoi fighter jet that belongs to Tigersharks squadron took off from a frontline air base in Punjab. The missile was refueled in the mid-air before the missile was air launched. It was fired after Su-30 MKI aircraft covered a long distance and travelled for over three hours before it was test fired. The missile has been test fired in the midst of India-China border standoff along LAC in eastern Ladakh.

Significance of BrahMos Missile

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has integrated with the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for over 40 Sukhoi fighter jets. It has been done with an aim to bolster the overall combat capability of the force. The missile will provide IAF the capability to strike from large stand-off ranges at any target in the sea or on the land with pinpoint accuracy. The missile will work at any time of the day in all weather conditions.

Background

The air-launched version of the BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired in May 2019 from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The missiles are being produced by BrahMos Aerospace under an India-Russian joint venture. These missiles can be launched from different platforms such as land, aircraft, submarines and ships. India has inducted a number of the original BrahMos missiles. These missiles  have been deployed at strategic locations along India’s border with China in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.