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IAF’s Sukhoi fighter jet successfully test-fires supersonic BrahMos missile

The extended range capability of the Brahmos missile coupled with the high performance of the SU-30MKI aircraft gives the IAF a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the future battlefields (File image courtesy: IAF)

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday successfully test-fired a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi fighter jet which accurately struck  its target, a decommissioned ship of the Indian Navy, on the Eastern seaboard.

The "live firing" of the missile was carried out in close coordination with the Indian Navy, the IAF said.

"Today on the Eastern seaboard, #IAF undertook live firing of #BrahMos missile from a Su30 MkI aircraft. The missile achieved a direct hit on the target, a decommissioned #IndianNavy ship. The mission was undertaken in close coordination with @indiannavy," the IAF said in a tweet.

The air-launched variant of the Brahmos missile is being incorporated in over 40 Sukhoi fighter jets to enhance the strike capability of the IAF. 

BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms. The missile has a speed of 2.8 Mach which is  almost three times the speed of sound

The range of the advanced version of the missile has now been extended to 350 km from its initial 290 km.

The Indian Navy had successfully test-fired an advanced version of the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from a stealth destroyer INS Chennai on March 5.

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