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Thursday 12 May 2022

Extended-range BrahMos missile launched from Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft

The first Sukhoi-30MKI fighter being fitted in HAL Nashik with a BrahMos missile on the centre pylon


By Ajai Shukla

Business Standard, 13th May 22


The India-Russian joint venture, BrahMos Aerospace, successfully fired the extended range version of the BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from a Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft on Thursday, striking a target at a range of 400 kilometres from the aircraft


The ALCM launch went off as planned and the missile achieved a direct hit on its designated target in the Bay of Bengal region. 


This was the first launch of the extended-range ALCM from the Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft.


This launch has proved that the IAF has the capability to carry out precision strikes from its Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft against surface targets on land or sea, over very long ranges.


“The extended-range capability of the missile coupled with the high performance of the Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft gives the Indian Air Force a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the future battlefield,” stated a defence ministry release.


A Sukhoi-30MKI squadron is based in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, from where it can undertake missions over the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal or the northern Indian Ocean. Its fighter aircraft are armed with the BrahMos ALCM and there are provisions for mid-air refuelling to enable these aircraft to undertake long missions at extended ranges.

1 comment:

  1. Not confident on how effective the SU-30 is given the Russian air force record in Ukraine


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