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India Successfully Test-Fired Air Launched Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

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India-test-fires-air-launched-version-of-BrahMos-supersonic-cruise-missileOn October 30, 2020, Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired an air launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi fighter aircraft in the Bay of Bengal. The missile hit the target of the sinking ship with accuracy.

  • The aircraft, belonging to Thanjavur-based Tigersharks squadron, took off from a frontline airbase in Punjab and it was refuelled mid-air before the missile was released.
  • In May 2019, the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the first time had successfully test fired the aerial version of the BrahMos missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

Key Points:

–The BrahMos missile provides the IAF a capability to strike from large stand-off ranges on any target at sea or on land with pinpoint accuracy by day or night and in all weather conditions.

–BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.

–On September 30, India successfully test-fired a new version of the surface-to-surface version of the BrahMos. Click Here to Read

–On October 18, the first indigenous made anti-radiation missile named Rudram-1 was also successfully test fired. Click here to Read.The Rudram-1 is planned to be inducted into service by 2022.

Recent Related News:

  1. On September 07, 2020, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) using the indigenously developed Scramjet Propulsion System in its second attempt.
  2. On September 22, 2020 Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted the flight test of ABHYAS – High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore, Odisha.

About Indian Air Force (IAF):
Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) – Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria
Headquarters – New Delhi