At Vietnam International Defence Expo 2022 (Vietnam Defence 2022), India’s Brahmos corporation stall was abuzz with delegates and top military advisors and military officials from the Vietnam People’s Air Force that were keen on learning more about the BrahMos-A, an Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) that has been designed by the HAL/DRDO and IAF for launch from Su-30MKI aircraft.

India already has pitched BrahMos-A ALCM to all Sukhoi-30 operators in the region and as per the latest information same was offered to Vietnam which operates around 35 Su-30 and 22 Su-27 multi-role fighter jets.

HAL and BrahMos corps are offering both conversions of the Su-30 aircraft with hardened airframes to support BrahMos-A which weighs around 2.5 tons and also full support in the integration of the missile system on the aircraft. IAF already has operationalized BrahMos-A on a few selected aircraft squadrons that have hardened airframes and already have been tested for a range up to 450km, which is the longest range for any Supersonic ALCM.

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