India test fires Extended Range Brahmos from Su-30 MKI aircraft


New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) India successfully fired the Extended Range Version of BrahMos Air Launched missile from Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft on Thursday. 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 Defence Ministry said. It was the first launch of Extended Range version of BrahMos missile from Su-30MKI aircraft. With this, the IAF has achieved the capability to carry out precision strikes from Su-30MKI aircraft against a land or sea target over very long ranges. The dedicated and synergetic efforts of the IAF, Indian Navy, DRDO, BAPL and HAL have proven the capability of the nation to achieve this feat, the Defence Ministry said. The extended range capability of the missile coupled with the high performance of the Su-30MKI aircraft gives the IAF a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the future battle fields. The Indian Air Force on April 19 successfully tested a BrahMos missile from a Su30-MkI aircraft on the Eastern seaboard. India has conducted a series of BrahMos tests in last couple of months. In March, successful test firing of extended range surface to surface Brahmos missile was conducted in Andaman and Nicobar islands. The Brahmos was also test fired from a land based launcher in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in February. Another successful test was conducted in January this year when the Brahmos was test fired from the Integrated Test Range Chandipur off Odisha. Developed by India-Russia joint venture BrahMos Aerospace, the missile is equipped with stealth technology and a guidance system with advanced software for precise target acquisition. The nuclear capable missile is one of the fastest supersonic cruise missiles in the world. It can be launched from submarine, ships, aircraft or land.