New Delhi, Nov 14: India is all set to fire its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet for the first time ever— a marriage that will enhance India’s strike range as the fighter jet has a cruising range of 3,200 km.
The missile, BrahMos flies at Mach 2.8— nearly three times the speed of sound. By getting the air-to-ground capability, India will be able to carry out precision strikes against terror camps, nuclear bunkers, command-and-control centres.
The Army, Navy and IAF have shown their preference for BrahMos and have placed orders worth Rs 27,150 crore for the missile. The forces so far have inducted only 290-km land and warship-based versions of BrahMos. However, the forces are now testing another version of the missile with a range of 450 km, reported TOI. Initial work has begun for a version of BrahMos that flies at a speed of Mach 5. The test fire will done in the Bay of Bengal. 42 Sukhoi fighters will be armed with missiles after a number test.
The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and BrahMos Aerospace have been trying to integrate the missiles with Sukhois. The Sukhoi needed some modifications and the weight of the missiles had to be reduced. A source told TOI that all the arrangements for a live fire has been made.