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Five BrahMos NG Missiles All Set To Be Integrated With Su-30MKI Fighters

What in News:

·         Five missiles of the next-generation version of the BrahMos could be integrated with the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Sukhoi 30-MKI fighters.

About the News:

·         The BrahMos NG is a lighter version of the supersonic missile, and will first be integrated with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

·         The move is expected to bolster the IAF’s future fighting capabilities against any threat from China or Pakistan.

·          The standard BrahMos missile has a range of 300 km and can travel at speeds of up to 2.9 mach.

·          However, the NG version is much faster, capable of reaching speeds of up to 3.5 mach.

·         The new BrahMos NG missiles will provide future-ready air dominance to the Indian Air Force.

·         The design and development of the BrahMos NG is being done by the DRDO.

·         Another advantage of the new version is that it will cost only half as much as the existing model.

·         Being light-weight, the BrahMos NG will also be easier to adjust according to the weight carrying limitation of the LCA Tejas.

·         The new BraMos NG missile will provide the IAF teeth to particularly target enemy AWACS (Airborne Early Warning and Control System), refuelling and transport aircraft.

·         The NG version will also be capable of being fitted on to submarines and torpedo tubes.

Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas:

·         The HAL Tejas is an Indian single-seat, single-jet engine, multirole light fighter.

·         Designed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy.

·         In 2003, the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) was officially named “Tejas”.

·         It provides high maneuverability.

·         It is the smallest and lightest in its class of contemporary supersonic combat aircraft.

Sukhoi 30-MKI fighter:

·         The Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name: Flanker-H) is a twinjet multirole 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).

·         A variant of the Sukhoi Su-30, it is a heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter.

 

 

Expected prelims question:

Consider the following statements:

1.      BrahMos NG is a lighter version of the supersonic missile

2.      HAL Tejas is an Indian single-seat, single-jet engine, multirole light fighter.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a)      Only 1

b)      Only2

c)      Both 1 and 2

d)      None of the above

Ans – c

Expected mains question:

Critically Analyse the need of procurement of defence equipments by India Military. How far is ‘’Made in India’’ initiative was successful in indigenous development of Military Weapons.