Test-Fire of BrahMos Air Launched missile

The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced that it successfully test-fired an Extended Range (ER) version of the BrahMos air-launched supersonic cruise missile.

From which aircraft was the missile launched?

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was launched from the Sukhoi fighter jet (Su-30 MKI) and the missile achieved a direct hit on the designated target (a decommissioned Indian Navy Ship) in the Bay of Bengal region.

What is the speed of the BrahMos missile?

The speed of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is 2.8 Mach or three times the speed of sound.

What is the range of the extended version of the BrahMos missile?

The range is extended to 350 km from the original 290 km.

How development of the Extended Range (ER) version of the BrahMos missile became possible for India?

After India got full membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in 2016, it became possible for India to develop an extended-range version of the BrahMos missile. This is because MTCR removed caps on the range of the cruise missile.

What is the significance of the recent test-fire of the BrahMos missile?

The recent test-fire is the first launch of the Extended Range (ER) version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from the Su-30 MKI fighter jet. With this IAF successfully achieved the capability to carry out long-range precision strikes from Su-30MKI fighter jet against a land or sea target.

When was the older version of the BrahMos missile tested?

In December 2021, the air version of the older version of the BrahMos missile was test-fired from Sukhoi 30 MK-I fighter jet.

From where BrahMos missile can be launched?

BrahMos missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land. It is inducted into all three services i.e Army, Navy, and Air Force.

BrahMos is a collaboration between which countries?

India and Russia. It is a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The name BrahMos is derived from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Moskva of Russia.

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