When a smart missile meets a smart fighter, things are bound to get more lethal. Same happened with the mating of Su-30MKI with BrahMos when India successfully tested BrahMos off the Su-30MKI on November 22, 2017.
If we look on-to BrahMos capabilities, then it is unmatched for any Indian or a foreign comparable system. It is the largest missile of its kind and that was the reason why SU-30MKI undercarriage went through a re-design.
While falling off the air, it does not need any booster for 100 meters to 150 meters and can accelerate to a speed of Mach 0.8 after which its boosters are released which helps it to attain a supersonic speed of Mach 2. Guided by satellite navigation initially it later switches onto its inertial navigation aided by the Indian-made 17-gm G3OM Chip which gives it an accuracy of 1 CEP. You can well know the fact that how smart BrahMos is, by the fact that it can track, detect, localize its target among a group of similar strikes and then attack it with striking precision.
It also has a mono-pulse X-band Imaging Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) which is a step-ahead of TERCOM used on subsonic cruise missiles. The missile can also perform various maneuvers like Forward slope targeting, Reverse slope targeting, S-Maneuver, Inverted S-Maneuver, terminal diving and in various flight paths like hi-hi-lo, hi-lo-lo, and lo-hi-lo.
Coming onto Su-30MKI, BrahMos has become a shot in the arm for them giving the Flankers a standoff precision targetting capability with a reach of up to 1800–2000 kilometers giving to the high fuel capacity and ferry range capacity, Indian Flankers boast off. With two air-to-air refueling, the Flankers can go up to 8000 km.
These will be an active deterrent in Indian Ocean Region against Chinese Warships and Assets who are being actively deployed here. A squadron of such highly specialized Su-30MKI equipped with BrahMos in Andaman & Nicobar Island is sure to be an active deterrent against enemy Carrier Battle Group which can bring in permanent peace to IOR region and shift many parameters in Indian advantage.
The combination of SU-30MKI with BrahMos will bring in a strategic depth to Indian deterrence which can help Indian forces jam enemy choke points in IOR. These will give an active message to China which is stepping up in IOR to show that India has been increasing its strike capabilities manifold. The SU-30MKI-BrahMos combo was just a step ahead.
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