For the first time against a target in the Bay of Bengal, India has successfully launched the world’s fastest supersonic Cruise Missile from a Su-30MKIwarplane on Wednesday. With this India has made the history, as BrahMos is the world’s first supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from air, water, and land.
This 290km-range BrahMos missile is an Indo-Russian joint venture and now ready for induction into the Indian Air Force, a top government official said. The missile’s land and naval variants are 500kg heavier than its air model.
“The successful maiden test firing of BrahMos air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF’s air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges,” a statement by the defence ministry said.
“Such a capability can be a game changer for any air force in the world,” BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Mishra told Hindustan Times. This newly developed missile has the potential to shift the military equilibrium in the region in India’s favour, according to Mishra.
Very soon India will also deploy an extended range BrahMos missile with an increased range from 290 km to 450 km by tweaking the configuration of the existing weapon. India’s induction into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June 2016 had made it possible to increase the missile’s range to such extent.