HomeIndian Air ForceIAF Eyes 20 More Su-30MKIs to Get BrahMos-A Upgrade, Doubling Strike Capability

IAF Eyes 20 More Su-30MKIs to Get BrahMos-A Upgrade, Doubling Strike Capability

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is poised to enhance its aerial firepower with plans to expedite the conversion of an additional 20 Su-30MKI fighter jets, equipping them with the formidable BrahMos-A Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM).

The BrahMos-A ALCM stands out as one of the deadliest Air to Surface weapon system in the world, boasting a range of 450km and blistering Mach 3 speed. Its precision strike capabilities and unparalleled speed make it a formidable asset for India’s air defense arsenal, capable of neutralizing high-value targets with swift and decisive precision.

HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), a premier aerospace and defense company in India, has been entrusted with the crucial task of hardening the fuselage of the Su-30MKI to accommodate the BrahMos-A ALCM. By reinforcing the aircraft’s structure and integrating specialized mounting systems, HAL ensures that the Su-30MKI can effectively carry and deploy the 2.5-ton BrahMos-A missile from its centerline hardpoint.

With approximately 40 Su-30MKIs already equipped to carry the BrahMos-A ALCM, the IAF is poised to significantly expand its strike capabilities and operational flexibility in both offensive and defensive roles.

Securing funds for the conversion of the Su-30MKI fleet and the procurement of additional BrahMos-A missiles remains a top priority for the IAF as it seeks to bolster its combat readiness and modernize its fleet of fighter aircraft. The integration of the BrahMos-A ALCM not only enhances the Su-30MKI’s lethality but also reinforces India’s deterrence posture, sending a strong message of preparedness and resolve to potential adversaries.

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