The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired an air-launched BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30 MKI multirole air superiority fighter jet on November 22, India’s Ministry of Defense announced in a statement today.
“Today, IAF has successfully fired the BrahMos air version anti-shipping [sic] missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft off the Eastern Coast,” the statement reads. ”The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the ship target.”
The IAF has conducted several tests of the BrahMos-A in 2016 and 2017 ,with two IAF Su-30 MKI fighters converted to launch the new 2.5-ton supersonic air-to-surface cruise missile so far. (A first flight test of a Sukhoi Su-30 MKI with a BrahMos-A took place in June 2016.) Given the size and weight of the BrahMos-A, each Su-30 MKI can only carry one missile in a transport launch canister.
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