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Sukhoi 30-MKI fighter aircraft equipped with BrahMos to be deployed in northern sector as per threat analysis, says Air Force Chief

Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft, equipped with ' BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, was inducted at Thanjavur airbase on Monday. The missile can hit targets at around 300 kilometers with precision. Bhadauria said that the decision to deploy the Su-30 MKI at Thanjavur was taken due to its strategic location.

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  • The land-attack version of the missile was test-fired from a mobile autonomous launcher at Launch Complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at around 8.30 am, they said. The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was successful, meeting all the parameters, a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) source said.

    "Russia's relation with China and India are strategic by nature, and are independent of one another. This is the basic principle of Russia's foreign policy. We don't have any military alliance with China and we don't intend to have any," Russia's deputy Ambassador to India Roman Babushkin said.

    DRDO flight-tested Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Astra from Su-30 MKI platform off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha from September 16 to 19. The five trials conducted during this period, tested missiles in different configurations. Three missiles were launched in combat configuration with warheads. The tests were successful.

    "The missile was successfully test-fired at 10.20 am today from Chandipur in Odisha for its full range of 290-km during the launch jointly conducted by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace," an official statement from Defence Ministery said.

    The nuclear-capable missile can fly at a speed of up to Mach 2.5 (nearly 860 meter per second) at a maximum height of 18 km. It can strike enemy aerial targets like fighter jets, drones, cruise missiles, air-to-surface missiles as well as ballistic missiles from a distance of 30 km.

    The missile, with a strike range of around 290 km, is a strategic asset for India as it would act as a deterrence against any possible threats from China and Pakistan.

    No fewer than 23 modern surface warships were launched by China in 2019, this total including nine destroyers (two Type 055s and seven Type 052Ds), twelve Type 056 corvettes, one Type 075 landing helicopter dock and one Type 071 landing platform dock. Notable was the absence of any Type 054A frigate construction with production having temporarily halted.

    Hypersonics are as much about advancements in technology as about the military might of nations.

    “The Indian government is well aware of the Russian position on the issue of CAA. It is a domestic matter for India and Russia does not comment on such matters,” Russian Deputy Ambassador to India Roman Babuskhin said in an year end press meet.

    India has joined countries like US, Russia & France in developing such advanced air combat missiles.

    The decision to speed up implementation of the strategic project was taken nearly six weeks after the Balakot air strikes and subsequent Pakistani retaliation.

    BrahMos Aerospace CEO and Managing Director Sudhir Mishra said like the supersonic missiles project, there should have been joint ventures between India and Russia in more sectors.

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