Indian Air Force (IAF) is super impressed with the Air-Launched BrahMos-A that it now plans to equip 20 more Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets. According to a report in The Print, IAF had approved in principal plans to carryout modification on 40 Su-30MKI which could enable it to carry Mach 3 capable BrahMos-A Cruise missile, and during trials, missile performed better than expected and so it was decided to enable it on more aircraft.

Su-30MKI fuselage requires hardening in certain sections to carry a 2.5-ton missile under its belly which will be performed by the Defence PSU HAL locally in India.

DRDO is also working on Enhanced BrahMos-A that will have a range of 800km for the Indian Air Force that will give it a long stand range that no other Air-Launched weapon system can provide. DRDO is also working on smaller 1.5-ton BrahMos-NG that can be carried by unmodified Su-30MKI and other fighter jets like LCA-Tejas, Tejas MkII, AMCA, and Rafale.

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