The Rare and Deadliest Blend

BrahMos Aerospace demonstrated the integration of world’s most formidable supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos on Sukhoi-30MKI frontline strike fighter of the Indian Air Force.

This rare and most dangerous blend has left the neighbouring nations in a state of insecurity.  Though the major media houses of India missed its importance, the project was successfully carried out on the Air Launch Interface.

The demonstration flight was carried out at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Nashik, with BrahMos weapon on the long-range Sukhoi-30 fighter, giving a major fillip to the BrahMos air-launched flight test programme.

After this successful launch, the Brahmos air version programme is a step closer to the actual test firing wherein a 2.5-ton BrahMos air-to-ground missile will be fired from the Sukhoi-30. The powerful missile will help the Indian Air Force to strike a deadly blow at the enemy’s vital installations from stand-off ranges. The integration brings a paradigm shift in the capability of the IAF vis-Ã -vis its adversaries.

The Plan

The Air Force has planned to attach as many as 216 missiles to 42Su-30 and provide it to the fourth force, Strategic Forces Command of AF.

How will it help Air Force?

The Su-30-BrahMos combination will carry out air combat operations within and beyond visibility range. It will also provide the IAF with the capability of attacking targets protected by powerful air defence assets. Integration of BRAHMOS with the Su-30MKI will render the weapon a multi-platform capability while making the IAF the only Air Force in the world in procession of a supersonic cruise missile system.

Today’s flight trial has been keenly observed by several other nations in the world in possession of the Su-30 strike fighter who are looking towards acquiring a lethal weapon system for the Russian-made warplanes.

It has the capacity to destroy the power centres of the neighbouring countries, in case of any war as the BrahMos rushes at a speed of 3600 kilometres per hour.

The officials said that, it has the capacity to break a big size war ship in to two. Sukhoi 30 MK  was a big threat to F-16 and French Rafale. However, this deadly combo leaves no chance for a competition anymore.

What is BrahMos?

BrahMos is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine as its first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and then gets separated. The liquid ramjet or the second stage then takes the issile closer to 3 Mach speed in cruise phase. Stealth technology and guidance system with advanced embedded software provides the missile with special features.

It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’ adopting varieties of flights on this way to the target. Its destructive power is enhanced due to large kinetic energy on impact. Its cruising altitude could be up to 15 km and terminal altitude could be up to 10 meters. It carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kilograms.

Who was present for demonstration?

The dignitaries present at flight launch were T Suvarna Raju(CMD, HAL) , Sudhir Kumar Mishra (CEO and MD, BrahMos Aerospace) and Daljeet Singh (CEO HAL Nasik).

Dr S Christopher, Secretary, DRDO congratulated the team. He has continuously motivated and guided the BrahMos team to achieve the design capability of the Brahmos airborne missile system and personally reviewed engineering activities.

S K Mishra, congratulated the Joint team of HAL, DRDO, IAF and BrahMos for achieving this technological feat which will go down in history as first integration of supersonic cruise missile and long range fighter aircraft.