New Delhi: BrahMos missiles were test-fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet for the first time ever on Wednesday. In what is being seen as a massive shot in the arm for the Indian Air Force, the marriage of world's fastest supersonic cruise missile and a fighter jet will add to air combat operations capability.
Here's all that makes the BrahMos test-fire from the IAF fighter jet special:
* The anti-ship missile was gravity-dropped from the Sukhoi-30MKI or Su-30 from the fuselage.
* The two-stage missile`s engine fired up and propelled towards the intended target at the sea in Bay of Bengal.
* Brahmos ALCM, weighing 2.5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India's Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) to carry weapons.
* The BrahMos is now capable of being launched from land, sea and air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for India.
* Targets deep within enemy territory can now be hit with extreme precision from a safe distance. This is because the missile have a range of 290 kms.
* This also mitigates the risk of jets being targetted by air defence systems that may be in place to protect target areas.
* Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia.
(With agency inputs)