25 Jun '16, 11am

Su-30 MKI Conducts First Flight with BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

Su-30 MKI Conducts First Flight with BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

The recent test flight and forthcoming missions are operated from HAL’s Nasik unit where the two aircraft destined for the program were modified by HAL to accommodate the outsized air-launched missile. Two variants of the missile are developed – an anti-ship missile and land attack version. A smaller variant of the missile will eventually enable the missile to deploy on other aircraft types, such as the IAF/Dassault Mirage 2000. Originally, the Indian Air Force and Navy wanted to deploy the BrahMos on Il-38 and Tu-142 maritime warfare aircraft, but these platforms were found unsuitable for the weapon. The 58-minute flight was piloted by Wg Cdr Prashant Nair with Wg Cdr Raju being the Flight Test Engineer. The first flight examined the missile’s adaptation to the aircraft. In the next flights the missile will be fitted with sensors to evaluate its characteristics in flight....

Full article: http://defense-update.com/20160625_brahmos_fly_on_su30mki...

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