40 Sukhois to be modified to integrate BrahMos: HAL
HAL chairman T S Raju said that Saturday's successful demonstration flight of Sukhoi with BrahMos missile in a 'Mass Dimensional' profile is a perfect example of Make in India.
"It's an engineering marvel in the aviation history of India. It proves that when all agencies come together with one mission, there is nothing impossible," says Raju.
HAL said its Nashik Division took up the challenge of creating all necessary data without any assistance from the Original Equipment Manufacturer - the Irkut Corporation.
"It is not the techno-economics of the project, but HAL's commitment to self-reliance which made HAL to sign the contract with BrahMos Aerospace in 2014 for modification of two Su30 MKI aircraft for integration of BrahMos missile," says Raju.
HAL handed over the first modified Sukhoi to the Indian Air Force during Aero India 2015.
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Earlier HAL officials had earlier told OneIndia that the integrating the missile was a challenging task for Nasik
Division, owing to the limited design data of Su-30 MkI available with them.
The home-grown launcher designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited was used during today's mission.