Brahmos completes cruise missile triad: Prime Minister Modi, Nirmala Sitharam hail IAF on extraordinary feat

The Brahmos ALCM weighs 2.5 tonnes and, till date, is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on the Su-30 MKI.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2017 10:34 pm
Brahmos, supersonic cruise missile, PM Modi, Nirmala Sitharaman, manohar parrikar, bay of bengal, Indian air force, DRDO, HAL Brahmos supersonic cruise missile being successfully test-fired in the Bay of Bengal. (Source: PTI/ Representational photo)

In a major boost to the strike capability of Indian Air Force, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile — Brahmos — on Wednesday created history when it was successfully test-fired from a Sukhoi-30 MKI combat jet against a target in the Bay of Bengal.

With this, Brahmos completes the cruise missile triad, which means it can be launched from land, sea and air. The supersonic cruise missile has already been successfully launched from sea and land. With today’s achievement, the armed forces have got a shot in the arm.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) team and Indian Air Force.

“Delighted on the successful maiden test firing of Brahmos ALCM from Su-30MKI. Congratulations to all those associated with this remarkable feat. @DRDO India,” he tweeted on Wednesday.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also congratulated the team of defence scientists on the successful test-fire of the missile.

“India creates a world record and completes Supersonic Cruise Missile Triad by successfully testing #BRAHMOS #ALCM from Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft. Smt @nsitharaman congratulates Team Brahmos & @DRDO_India for this historic achievement,” she tweeted on Wednesday.

This test effectively gives the Indian armed forces the ability to fire Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM). According to a post-launch press release by the Ministry of Defence, the successful test firing “will significantly bolster the IAF’s air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges.”

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The Brahmos ALCM weighs 2.5 tonnes and, till date, is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on the Su-30 MKI. The aircraft was specially modified by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for giving it the missile-carrying capability. The missile is first propelled by a solid propellant booster engine which takes it to supersonic speeds. After it separates, the missile is accelerated further to around three times the speed of sound (mach 3) in the cruise phase.

The armed forces now have a multi-platform, multi-mission cruise missile that can be launched from land, sea and air. The Brahmos cruise missiles have an effective strike range of around 290-300 km. The land and warship versions have already been inducted by the armed forces. It is also first Indian supersonic cruise missile known to be in service.

The air-launched version of the missile is less in weight and its additional rear fins add to its aerodynamic stability while separating from the aircraft. Besides, all three versions have a “fire and forget” principle of operation. It also takes a variety of trajectories while in flight and is equipped with advanced guidance technology. Its stealth features also give it a low radar signature.

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Brahmos is a joint venture between India and Russia. The missile has been jointly developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPOM.  Brahmos derives its name from the two rivers, Brahmaputra and Moskva.


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  1. H
    Nov 23, 2017 at 4:15 am
    Use Them and just do not show them. Russia Chechnya, Pakistan Bulochistan KP ,FATA, Turkey Kurdz, Iran Kurdz, Syria all used these to curb muslim nuisance. Do it India at least in Kashmir.. why get soldiers killed...make sense. Do it befire Muslim parties like Congress, left, YADAVS, MAMTAS come to center.Send muslim from 5 muslim districts in Kashmir to their beloved Pakistan.
    1. M
      Nov 23, 2017 at 2:53 am
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      1. Ravishankar Balasubramanian
        Nov 23, 2017 at 1:53 am
        Congrats India!
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          Prog natio
          Nov 22, 2017 at 11:41 pm
          Thank you Russia for making this great achievement happen. Putin Mata ki Jai. We are indebted to you for rest of history because of out brahmin diknheads who can apply their brain only for criminal Chanakyan purposes.
          1. G
            George Cruz
            Nov 23, 2017 at 12:11 am
            Another brainwashed dikhead Muslim from Kerala who is venting his venom on intelligent Brahmins in India. Can idio-tic/brainwashed Muslims compete with Brahmins?????????? Absolutely NOT.
            1. Mahender Goriganti
              Nov 23, 2017 at 12:57 am
              While we have to appreciate Russia's friendship don't have to bring cast communalism into this like SCAMgress Islamic express discourse for everything. P.s: UR interpretation of brahmos as a Brahmin is as moronic as imbecility nirbuddhi!!