Sukhoi-Brahmos Test Completes India’s Cruise Missile Triad: A Look At Military And Geopolitical Significance

When the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully launched a BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi-30 combat jet, it was not just another addition to its weapons arsenal. It was in fact India taking a step into uncharted waters as IAF became the first air force in the world to successfully launch a surface attack missile of this category. The test also reflected India’s capability to launch the weapon from air, apart from land and sea, thereby completing the cruise missile triad for the country.

The BrahMos is a unique missile as it can be deployed on land, sea and underwater against different types of targets on land and sea, according to Strategic Affairs. The version tested on Wednesday was the one launched from air (BrahMos-A). India’s cruise missile triad is also special because of the sheer speed of the BrahMos missile. The missile is able to hit Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound) which makes it the world’s fastest cruise missile currently in operation, according to The Diplomat. Read More…

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