Work to integrate Brahmos on 40 Sukhoi aircraft begins


Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Brahmos missile, Sukhoi combat aircraft, MTCR

Mains level: India’s rising defense capabilities


Integration project started

  1. Work has begun to integrate the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft
  2. This project is expected to fulfil critical needs of the Indian Air Force in the wake of evolving security dynamics in the region

Test launch successful

  1. The air-launched variant of the Brahmos was successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet on November 22, marking a major milestone to enhance the precision strike capability of the air force

First of its kind integration

  1. Brahmos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft
  2. The integration of the missile on Sukhoi aircraft is a very complex process involving mechanical, electrical and software modifications of the Su-30 jet


Brahmos missile

  1. It is world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile
  2. The 2.5-ton missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km
  3. The range of the missile can be extended up to 400 km as certain technical restrictions were lifted after India became a full member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) last year
  4. The BrahMos missile is named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Moskva
  5. Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia
Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.
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