The Indian Air Force now has its first BrahMos missile integrated Su-30 aircraft. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) handed over the Su 30 to IAF at the Aero India 2015 on February 19.
“This is a proud moment for HAL. The successful completion of the first Su 30 aircraft integrated with BrahMos missile shows the synergy between DRDO, HAL and IAF. We are hopeful of rolling out the second aircraft in record time”, said Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman,HAL.
The Flight Clearance Certificate was handed over by Dr. K. Tamilmani, distinguished scientist and DG (Aero) to Air Marshal S.B.P. Sinha, Deputy Chief of Air Staff. The Aircraft Acceptance Certificate was handed over by Mr. A.M.Raja Kannu, DG (AQA) to Air Marshal Sukhchain Singh. Mr. S.K. Misra, CEO &MD, Aerospace Pvt Ltd was present on the occasion.
This programme was taken up as an indigenous challenge by HAL’s Nasik division in 2010. The team overcame several difficulties due to limited design data of Su-30 Mk I and received approval in Jan 2011. The order for integration was obtained from BAPL on techno-commercial merits against OEM in January 2014.
S.Nanda Kumar

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