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BrahMos missile to be tested from Sukhoi fighter jet for 1st time this week

This air-to-ground BrahMos missile can be easily used to destroy terror camps situated inside the enemy territory or take out underground nuclear bunkers

BS Web Team 

After long development plan, BrahMos comes into its own

is all set for the test fire from  for the first time this week. 

The deadly combination of a fighter jet with cruise missile which flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8, will be another feather in Indian Navy and Defence. 

Earlier this year, Indian Navy successfully test-fired land attack version of at the Andaman and Nicobar islands which were first sea-to-land missile test in the country.

Developed by a joint venture India's Defence Research and Development Organization and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia, BrahMos are the first choice for the Army, Navy and IAF as a conventional precision-strike weapon. 

This air-to-ground can be easily used to destroy terror camps situated inside the enemy territory or take out underground nuclear bunkers. 

Initially, a hypersonic version of the BrahMos has been planned by the defence ministry. 

Now, a lighter weighing 2.4-tonne will be tested from a twin-engine Sukhoi fighter over the Bay of Bengal this week, defence ministry sources told the Times of India

According to the same report, 42 Sukhoi fighters will be armed with once the air-launched is successfully done. 

Claimed as the fastest cruise missiles in operation in the world, BrahMos is four times faster and twice as heavier than US' Tomahawk missile. 

The Block-III version of the missile having a "steep dive, trajectory manoeuver, and top-attack capabilities" has been approved by the government in Arunachal Pradesh to counter China, a TOI report said. 

India had held talks with Vietnam for the supply of the BrahMos missileIndia had held talks with Vietnam for the supply of the  

At least seven other countries from the Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East regions requested India for the deadly cruise missile.

First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 15:35 IST
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