Nashik: For the first time, a Sukhoi fighter jet flew with the supersonic BrahMos missile, moving it closer to trials for launching the missiles from the air.
The demonstration flight, carried out at the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) here, involved carriage of BrahMos missile on the Su-30MKI fighter.
BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).
This is the first time the BrahMos missile was “married” to a fighter jet.
IAF’s fight test crew Wing Commander Prashant Nair and Wing Commander M.S. Raju flew the BrahMos carrying fighter for 45 minutes under a cloudy sky.
“With today’s successful flight, the BrahMos air version programme now inches closer towards actual test firing when a 2.5-ton BrahMos air-to-ground missile will be fired from the Sukhoi-30 in the coming months,” a BrahMos official said.
CMD HAL, T. Suvarna Raju and CEO and MD BrahMos Aerospace Sudhir Kumar Mishra were present at the trial.