Sitharaman congratulates DRDO over BrahMos missile successful test

New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after BrahMos supersonic missile was successfully tested from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) today.

“India creates a world record and completes Supersonic Cruise Missile Triad by successfully testing #BRAHMOS #ALCM from Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft. Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for this historic achievement,” Sitharaman tweeted.

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This successful testing has put India in a strategically dominant position, given the reach of multi-role Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jets and the accuracy of nuclear-capable BrahMos missile, which has been jointly developed with Russia.

A Ministry of Defence statement read, “Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history on 22nd Nov 2017 after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal”.

“The missile was gravity-dropped from the Su-30 from the fuselage, and the two-stage missile’s engine fired up and straightway propelled towards the intended target at the sea in the Bay of Bengal,” the statement read.

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According to reports, Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) weighs 2.5 ton and is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by HAL to carry weapons.

Brahmos, the world-class weapon with multi-platform, multi-mission role is now capable of being launched from Land, Sea and Air, completing the tactical cruise missile triad for India. It is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia.



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