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Su-30 MKI flies first sortie with BrahMos missile 28 June, 2016

Indian Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft has flown with a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on board for the first time. The twin-seat aircraft carried the 2,500kg missile during a 45 minute sortie from the Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) airport in Bengaluru. The aircraft is the first of two Su-30 MKIs to be modified to test the missile. Eventually, 40 air force Su-30s will be equipped to carry the missile. The BrahMos missile has an active radar seeker and can achieve speeds of up to Mach three. It is powered by two stages: a solid propellant booster takes the missile to supersonic speeds, at which point a ramjet takes over. The missile can be launched from land, sea, and air.

Su-30 MKI flies first sortie with BrahMos missile

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