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BrahMos missile successfully tested from IAF Sukhoi fighter jet

BrahMos missile successfully tested from IAF Sukhoi fighter jet

Touted as the world's deadliest supersonic cruise missile system, the air version of BrahMos was test fired from a twin-engine Sukhoi fighter at a target over the Bay of Bengal.

The move will add firepower to the India Air Force's combat capability.

The missile, weighing 2.4-tonne instead of the original 2.9-tonne, was tested from a twin-engine Sukhoi fighter over the Bay of Bengal. It is the heaviest defence arm to be used on India's Su-30 fighter aircraft.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) tested the latest version of the cruise missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur at sea in Balasore, off the Odisha coast. It has already been termed as a world-class weapon which is capable of several tasks simultaneously such as multi-platform, multi-mission row (can now fire from all mediums; land, air and water), and hence successfully completes the tactical cruise missile triad for India.

The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed almost three times that of sound at Mach 2.8, while the fighter jet has a cruising range of 3,000 kilometres and their combination could prove lethal for defence targets.

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Congratulating DRDO and BrahMos team for the missile launch, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharama described the feat as historic.

It the only supersonic cruise missile possessing this advanced capability in the world providing an edge to the user with precise hit, The New Indian Express reported. We have fulfilled the government's dream.

Earlier, BrahMos could only be fired from ships or ground-based launchers.

Today, India has created world record today with the launch of Brahmos missile successfully. The missile had a range of 290 km initially, which was increased to 450 km this year after India became a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).