The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Su-30MKI fighters will be re-armed with BrahMos missiles in the next two or three years, according to the co-director of BrahMos Aerospace, Alexander Maksichev.
The IAF had earlier signed a contract for the delivery of air-launched cruise missiles beginning January 2018. This variant of the BrahMos, considered the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile, was designed to equip approximately 40 Su-30MKI fighter aircraft.
The Su-30 MKI
The Sukhoi Su-30MKI is a multi-role fighter jet developed jointly by Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau and India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). In 1996, the Indian Defense Ministry had signed the first contract with the Russian state intermediary company Rosvooruzhenie for the delivery of Su-30MKI jets for the IAF.
The delivery was slated for the years 2002-2004. In 2000, another contract was signed for the licensed production of the Su-30MKi at the facilities of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).