India's enemies nervous as Sukhoi-30 MKI-BrahMos integration gets closer to reality
India's enemies nervous as Sukhoi-30
MKI-BrahMos integration gets closer to reality
New Delhi: If everything goes as per plan,
the Indian Air Force (IAF)is all
set to become the only air force in the world with a supersonic cruise missile
India will achieve this unique capability when IAF's frontline
fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30 MKI will test fire a 2,500 kg BrahMos air-to-ground
missile in the coming months. Some reports have claimed that the test firing
will be held in April.
The IAF had, last June, flown with a 'dummy bomb' and had been
preparing for the actual test firing since then.
With a range of over 290 kms, the BrahMos, onboard the Sukhoi-30
MKI, will provide the IAF the lethal capability to strike deep inside enemy
territory without the risks involved in entering a heavily defended
Integration of BrahMos with Su-30 MKI will render the weapon a
multi-platform capability, allowing the IAF to deliver a deadly blow to their
vital installations from stand-off ranges.
The integration brings a paradigm shift in the capability of the
IAF vis-a-vis its adversaries.
The Su-30-Brahmos combination will carry out air combat
operations within and beyond visibility range and will provide the IAF with the
capability of attacking targets protected by powerful air defence assets.
Around 40 Su-30 MKI aircraft are expected to be modified to make
them capable of carrying BrahMos.
As per reports, several other countries in possession of the
Su-30 strike fighter are looking to acquiring a lethal weapon system for the