On December 29, the Indian Air Force successfully test-fired the BrahMos Air-Launched Missile’s extended range version. The missile successfully completed the intended mission objectives when it was test-fired at a Ship Target from an SU-30MKI aircraft in the Bay of Bengal region. The Indian Air Force now has the ability to launch precise strikes from SU-30MKI aircraft thanks to this successful test-fire.
The IAF now has the ability to precisely fire at targets on land and at sea from SU-30MKI aircraft, which is a major advantage. According to the IAF, the SU-30MKI aircraft’s performance and the Brahmos Air Launched missile’s increased range provide the air force a strategic advantage and will enable the forces to control future battles. At a distance of around 400 kilometres, the missile may destroy its target.
The IAF, Indian Navy, Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), BrahMos Aerospace (BAPL), and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) worked together to complete the operation.
The supersonic missile’s enhanced range, which was rumoured to be 350 km as opposed to its previous 290 km, was tested from a Sukhoi fighter in May 2022. The BrahMos missile includes a liquid ramjet engine in the second stage, which accelerates it closer to Mach 3 speed during the cruise phase, and a two-stage solid propellant booster engine that propels it to supersonic speed. The missile has a low radar signature and can be launched from platforms on land, the water, or the air.