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Several friendly nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region operate Sukhoi-30 fighter jets, making them potential candidates for the BrahMos-A, a formidable air-launched cruise missile developed by India.

The BrahMos-A is a supersonic, long-range cruise missile designed for air-to-surface attack. With a speed exceeding Mach 3, it is considered the world’s fastest air-launched cruise missile. Its capability to hit targets at a distance of 450 km significantly enhances the strike power of any fighter jet it is equipped on.

The BrahMos-A’s compatibility with the Sukhoi-30, a widely used fighter jet in the MENA region, is a key factor in its potential appeal. However, integration is not a simple “plug and play” process.

Due to its substantial weight of 2.5 tons, the BrahMos-A necessitates modifications to the Sukhoi-30. These modifications, undertaken by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), primarily involve strengthening the center fuselage and the centerline hardpoint where the missile is mounted.

This complexity highlights the importance of a strong partnership between India and potential MENA buyers. India’s expertise in BrahMos development and integration, combined with the experience of MENA air forces with the Sukhoi-30 platform, can pave the way for successful and secure deployment.

The BrahMos-A is not just a potent weapon; it also represents an opportunity for closer collaboration between India and MENA nations in the field of defense technology. Joint training exercises, knowledge sharing, and co-development of future weapons systems can further strengthen these alliances and contribute to regional security.