Air Launch Weapon System
BRAHMOS air-launched version is getting ready to be soon test-flown from the SU-30MKI fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
The development work related to the Air launch version of the missile is complete. Work has begun with Sukhoi design bureau, HAL, and the IAF for interface requirements and installation of BRAHMOS on SU-30 MKI. Integration of the air-launched version of BRAHMOS is currently at an advanced stage.
Two aircraft have been earmarked by the IAF for the initial launch trials. The first Su-30MKI fighter aircraft modified for BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile was handed over by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to the CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace on 19 February 2015 during Aero India at Yelahanka, Bengaluru.
The SU-30 MKI has a maximum speed of 2 Mach with a single in-flight range of 5,200 km. A total of 8,000 kg payload can be carried by it in a maximum altitude of 17 km.