New Delhi: The Indian Air Force Chief after long delays gave a statement clearing the permission for the IAF to test-fire the air-launched version of BrahMos, the world’s fastest cruise missile, by end of this month.
Almost 20 test-fires will be required before the induction. More than 40 Sukhoi aircraft will be tweaked to carry the 2.5-ton supersonic cruise missile as per reports.
“Sukhoi has successfully demonstrated its integration with the missile. If everything goes according to the plan, the missile will be launched from the aircraft in June. Two aircraft have been earmarked by the air force for the initial trials,” said a BrahMos Aerospace official.
The BrahMos missile is a joint development of India and Russia. Its land version and sea version are already operational with the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force.
The air-launched version will provide a great edge to the Indian Air Force in carrying out strikes at a standoff range.