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IAF Successfully Test Fires BrahMos Air from a Su-30 MKI

Published on May 24, 2019
The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully fired an aerial version of supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

Details:

  • The IAF successfully fired BrahMos Air Launched Missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
  • Earlier on 22nd November 2017, the IAF became world's first Air Force to successfully fire an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target.
  • Since then this was the second such live launch of weapon.
  • The launch from Su-30 MKI aircraft was smooth and the missile followed desired calculated trajectory before directly hitting land target.
  • The firing was successfully undertaken with dedicated support from Indian Navy which ensured that large number of monitoring ships are available for ensuring range safety clearance.
  • The capability of BrahMos missile coupled with superlative performance of Su-30MKI aircraft, gives IAF its desired strategic reach.

About BrahMos Air Launched Missile:

  • It is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile.
  • Its range is close to 300 km and is designed & developed by BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL).
  • The BrahMos missile provides IAF a much desired capability of striking on any target at sea or on land from large stand-off ranges with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and that too in all weather conditions.

Question:

Q. The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully fired an aerial version of which supersonic cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft?
a. Nirbhay
b. Astra
c. BrahMos
d. Naag
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