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Su-30MKI Successfully Test-fired Brahmos

Su-30MKI Successfully Test-fired Brahmos November 23, 2017

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI successfully fired Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 22 November for the first time. Indian Ministry of Defence announced the flight test was conducted against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal. Brahmos ALCM weighing 2,5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by HAL to carry weapons. 

Reportedly, 42 Sukhoi fighters will eventually be armed with BrahMos missiles once the air-launched missiles have undergone a battery of successful tests. The IAF has until now inducted 240 of the 272 twin-seat Sukhois contracted from Russia for over $12 billion, with the bulk of them being licenced and produced by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.

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