The first Su-30MKI armed with air-launched BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile was handed over to Indian air forces, Voenno-promishlenniy Courier reports.
The handover ceremony was held at Aero India-2015 show held in Bangladesh. CEO of Hindustan Aeronautics Suvarna Raju and CEO of BrahMos Aerospace Sudhir Mishra took part in the ceremony.
According to the specialists, over the last six or seven months changes were made in the design of the aircraft, in particular, loads applied to the fighter’s structural components were redistributed. At that, the missile is 500 kg lighter and about 50 cm shorter compared to its previous version.
The first tests will be carried out in March; the specialists will be able to assess the results of their work carried out over the last two years. They are going to start preparing the second fighter for testing upon completion of these tests in March. In future it is planned to make similar modifications to 42 Su-30MKI jets operated by Indian air forces.