Indian air force to put air-borne Brahmos missiles on Sukhoi fighters

16:56, April 22, 2010      

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The Indian Air Force will put on its fleet of 40 air-borne BrahMos missiles in the coming years, to make its fire power "unique", the Indo-Asian News Service Thursday quoted a top Indian armament official as saying.

The addition of the missiles to Su-30MKI Flanker-H fighters will make them "absolutely unique" in firepower, Sivathanu Pillai, head of BrahMos Aerospace, told a defence services exhibition in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday, according to the report.

The first tests of BrahMos air-launched missiles were set for 2011, while the first fighter test flights with missiles on board are scheduled for late 2012, the report quoted the official as saying.

The BrahMos missile has a range of 290 km and can carry a warhead of up to 300 kg. It can effectively engage ground targets from an altitude of 10 meters and has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is three times faster than the US-made subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile, said the report.

The BrahMos Aerospace is an Indian-Russian joint venture established in 1998, which produces BrahMos supersonic missiles.

The sea and ground-launch versions of the missiles have been successfully tested and put into service by the Indian Army and Navy.

Source: Xinhua


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