New Delhi: The Indian Air Force successfully test-fired the supersonic missile BrahMos ER (Extended Range) on Thursday. BrahMos missile was fired from Sukhoi fighter jet on the ship target deployed in the Bay of Bengal. This is the first test on a target in the sea. Earlier, successful testing has been done on the ground target. The firepower of the extended range of BrahMos is close to 400 km.
Defence official said the missile was fired from a Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft and it hit the target accurately. The official said it was a test of the anti-ship version of the air-launched version of the missile.
The supersonic cruise missile “achieved the desired mission objectives in the Bay of Bengal region and with the successful test, the Indian Air Force achieved a capability boost to carry out precision strikes from Su-30 fighter aircraft against land/ sea targets over long ranges,” the defence ministry said in a statement.
“The extended range capability of the missile coupled with the high performance of the SU-30MKI aircraft gives the Indian Air Force a strategic reach and allows it to dominate the future battle fields,” the statement added.
The successful test firing was a joint effort by the Air Force, Indian Navy, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the BrahMos Aerospace (BAPL).
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