Indian Air Force will receive the Su-30MKI with BraMos missiles next year
“There are plans to put into service (armed with) the Sukhoi fighter squadrons with the BrahMos integrated missile during the first four months of the 2017 of the year,” the source said.
In total, it is planned to adopt the 3 squadron.
“By December 2016, three tests will be conducted, when the air-based BrahMos will be launched from Su-30MKI for the sea and air targets. These tests will be conducted jointly by Russia and India. After that, we integrate the BrahMos-Su-30MKI platform and prepare them for delivery, ”the source said.
He noted that the "air-launched BrahMos" missile differs from other variants of these missiles by its lower weight (lighter by almost 500 kilograms), and smaller. "
In addition, according to the interlocutor, "she will have a tail stabilizer that regulates the plane during free fall in the first moments after separation from the fighter's body, as well as a slightly modified shape of the nose fairing to minimize air resistance."
The agency’s reference: “BrahMos is a two-stage cruise missile with a solid first-stage launch, which accelerates it to supersonic speed, after which it is separated. The rocket has a range of up to 290 kilometers and retains a supersonic speed throughout the entire flight. The height of the flight can reach 15 kilometers, and the lowest possible height - up to 10 meters. The rocket carries an ordinary warhead weighing from 200 to 300 kg. "
- War diary of Igor Korotchenko
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