HAL completes “Sukhoi Aircraft” order

What is the News?

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.(HAL) has manufactured the last two of the 272 Su-30MKIs aircraft. It will deliver them to the Indian Air Force.

Facts:

  • Sukhoi Su-30MKI: It is a twin-jet multi-role air superiority fighter developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under licence by India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) for the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • The aircraft has been modified to carry the air-launched version of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos.

Additional Facts:

  • BrahMos Missile: It is a supersonic cruise missile. It is a joint venture between the Russian NPO and India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • The name BrahMos was formed from the names of two rivers, the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia.
  • Key Features:
    • It is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster as the first stage and liquid ramjet as the second stage.
    • Versions: Various versions of the BrahMos are developed. It can be fired from land, warships, submarines, and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets.
    • Range: The range of BrahMos has been extended to around 400 kilometres as compared to its initial range of 290 kilometres. More versions of higher ranges currently are under development.

Source: The Hindu

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