A long-range version of the BrahMos supersonic missile was successfully tested from the Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft today.
“The launch from the aircraft was as planned and the missile achieved a direct hit on the designated target in the Bay of Bengal region,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The BrahMos missile flies at Mach 2.8, or nearly three times the speed of sound.
The range of the advanced version of the missile is recognized as having been extended to about 350 km from the original 290 km.
This was the first time that the extended version of the missile had been launched from the Su-30MKI. The long-range capability of the missile combined with the high performance of the Su-30MKI gives the IAF a strategic range and allows it to dominate future battlefields.
“Through this (launch test), the Israeli Air Force achieved the ability to carry out precision strikes from Su-30MKI aircraft against a land/sea target at very long ranges,” the ministry said.
Last month, the Indian Navy successfully test-fired an anti-ship version of the BrahMos missile.
BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India and Russia, produces supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land platforms.