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India successfully test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI fighter

22 November 2017

The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 November against a target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal.

The 2.5 tonne, two-stage, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) was “gravity dropped” from a modified Su-30MKI after which the missile’s cruise engine “fired up and propelled it towards the intended target in the Bay of Bengal”, according to a statement by the government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB).

The successful test firing of the BrahMos-A, which has been jointly developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM), completes the tactical cruise missile triad for India, stated the PIB, adding that the weapon can now be launched from land, sea, and air.

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