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IAF successfully tests extended range version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet


Nov 12, 2022

1. The missile is statically stable which means aerodynamically it wants to fly straight (just like an arrow).

The magic is actually in the release

2. "Safe separation" from aircraft is extremely tricky. All the stores of the aircraft are flying with the aircraft when the separation command is initiated. Making them fly away instantly without any control deflections is a trick.

3. In the case of rail launch, the missile-motor is light, and the missile just flies off. But when the stores have to be dropped, other considerations must be applied. For example, a drop tank can tumble, but perfectly in only the pitch axis

4. In order to so, the front lugs are let go first (with or without an impulse) and then the second one hind lug is let go. We are speaking of split second difference here and everything must work perfectly for safe separation.

5. But ammunitions can't tumble in any axis. They must continue to fly straight. Just along a vector which increases separation from aircraft. This can also be achieved by strict choreography of the release sequence in the pylon.

6. The end result is a homegrown capability which is unparalleled in the world today. India does not have bombers. Su-30 bears that burden. This provides enormous flexibility and reach in the Indian Ocean region.

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