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Historic Maiden Flight of Su-30 MKI with BrahMos Missile
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 6/25/2016 12:00:00 AM

New Delhi: The first carriage flight of Su-30 MKI aircraft with BrahMos missile was successfully achieved at HAL Airport, Nashik today. “It is a perfect example of Make in India and an engineering marvel in aviation history of India. It proves that when all agencies come together with one mission, there is nothing like impossible”, said Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, CMD, HAL who was present on the occasion. 

He pointed out that this unique programme was taken up by HAL as an indigenous challenge at its Nashik Division and the required data was generated without the assistance of OEM for the modification. 

It is not the techno-economics of the project, but HAL’s commitment to self-reliance which made HAL to sign the contract with BAPL in 2014 for modification of two Su30 MKI aircraft for integration of BrahMos missile. The first modified aircraft was airborne in one year and the second aircraft in the second year. This is the second project where HAL presumed the role of OEM and modified the airframe of license build aircraft.

Dr. S Christopher, Secretary, DRDO congratulated the team. He has continuously motivated and guided the BrahMos team to achieve the design capability of the Brahmos airborne missile system and personally reviewed engineering activities. 

Mr. S K Mishra, CEO & MD of Brahmos Aerospace, congratulated the Joint team of HAL, DRDO, IAF & BrahMos for achieving this technological feat which will go down in the history as first in the World combination of supersonic cruise missile with a long range fighter aircraft. He further noted the immense contribution of Mr. V S N Murthy, Project Director (BrahMos), and the three Deputy PDs – Gp. Capt. M K Srivastava, Gp. Capt. S. Mondal, and Gp. Capt. K N Santosh for the BRAHMOS air version programme.

 “It is the first time in the world that such a heavy weight (2500 kg) supersonic cruise missile has been integrated on fighter aircraft. The world did not believe us that we could do it and thanks to the vision of late President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, we could achieve this today and history is made”, he added.

The aircraft was in the air for 45 minutes and was flown by Wg. Cdr. Prashant Nair and Wg Cdr M S Raju, both flight test crew of ASTE.

The Brahmos air version programme now inches closer towards actual test firing when a 2.5-ton BRAHMOS air-to-ground missile will be fired from the Sukhoi-30 in the coming months. 

With successful integration of BrahMos on Su-30 MKI aircraft has become a lethal weapon delivery platform for IAF.  Around 40 Su-30 MKI aircraft are expected to be modified. The maiden flight will be followed by series of test flights and complete evaluation and certification of BrahMos missle on Su30 MKI aircraft.

The missile is developed by BAPL. Other agencies involved in the project include CEMILAC and DGAQA.

During the course of integration of BrahMos on Su-30 MKI, HAL Nashik gained rich and valuable holistic knowhow to achieve self-reliance in integration and testing of BrhMos class of weapons on Su-30 MKI aircraft.  With this HAL-Nashik aims to be a center of excellence for integration of weapons systems.

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