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13th May 2022 (7 Topics)

Indian Air Force successfully fires extended range version of Brahmos missile from Su-30 MKI


Extended range version of BrahMos Air Launched missile successfully fired from Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.


  • It was the first launch of extended range version of BrahMos missile from Su-30 MKI aircraft.
  • With this, the Indian Air Force has achieved the capability to carry out precision strikes from Su-30 MKI aircraft.
  • The extended range capability of the missile coupled with the high performance of the Su-30 MKI aircraft gives the IAF a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the future battle fields.

About BrahMos:

  • BrahMos - the name represents the fury of Brahmaputra and the grace of Moskva Rivers.
  • BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms.
  • Stealth technology and guidance system with advanced embedded software provides the missile with special features.
  • The missile has a flight range of up to 290-km with supersonic speed all through the flight, leading to shorter flight time, consequently ensuring lower dispersion of targets, quicker engagement time and non-interception by any known weapon system in the world.
  • It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’, adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target.
  • BrahMos missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound.
  • The range of the advanced version of the missile is learnt to have been extended to around 350 km from the original 290 km.
  • Previously, an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired jointly by the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command.

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