India’s HAL flight tests Su-30 MKI aircraft integrated with BrahMos missile
Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has conducted the first test flight of Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft with BrahMos missile at its airport in Nashik, in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
The aircraft with supersonic cruise missile is anticipated to increase India's air strike capability, according to The Indian Express.
The integration of the missile on the aircraft gives a lethal weapon delivery platform to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The maiden flight was carried out for 45 minutes on 25 June.
The Economic Times reported citing HAL chairman and managing director T Suvarna Raju as saying that the aircraft, integrated with a 2,500kg missile, will undergo a series of test flights and complete evaluation and certification.
Raju further added as saying: "It is a perfect example of the `Make in India' initiative and an engineering marvel in the country's aviation history.
"It proves that when all agencies come together, there is nothing called impossible."
HAL and BrahMos Aerospace have signed a contract in 2014 to modify two Su30 MKI aircraft for integration of BrahMos missile.
Nearly 40 Su-30 MKI aircraft will be modified to enable integration with BrahMos missile in the future.
BrahMos Aerospace CEO and managing director Sudhir Kumar Mishra said: "The world did not believe us that we could do it and thanks to the vision of former president late A P J Abdul Kalam, we could achieve this today and history is made."