IAF plans to Modify 40 Su-30MKI To Fit Air-Launched Version Of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

IAF plans to Modify 40 Su-30MKI To Fit Air-Launched Version Of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

According to swarajyamag article Indian Air Force plans To Modify 40 Sukhoi Su-30s To Fit Air-Launched Version Of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

IAF wants to have 40 Su-30s compatible with BrahMos missiles to carry out long-range standoff strikes against the enemy targets.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to test fire the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in next few days. The BrahMos test is planned in next few days from a Sukhoi aircraft, prepared by the HAL for flying with and launching the highly capable missile, IAF sources said.

A Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, modified by HAL to hold the weapon, will be used as a platform to launch the missiles, IAF sources were cited in the report as saying.

Modifications in order for the Su-30 MKI to carry and launch the BrahMos-A include reinforcing the aircraft’s undercarriage in addition to various mechanical, electrical and software upgrades.

“It is a very important project considering IAF’s evolving requirement to boost air power when the possibility of a two-front war cannot be ruled out,” an Indian government official said. The retrofitting of the aircraft is expected to be completed by 2020.

As of now, only two Su-30 MKI fighters of IAF have been modified to fire the new 2.5-ton supersonic air-to-surface cruise missile. Due to the size and weight of the BrahMos-A, each Su-30 MKI can only carry one missile in a transport launch canister.

The air-launched version of BrahMos is lighter than its other variants. Due to the strike range and lethality, the missile, once integrated, will be a game changer for the combat capability of the IAF.

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