BrahMos, the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile, has been successfully tested for the first time from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The success means the Air Force will now have the ability to strike hostile warships hundreds of kilometres off the coast in just minutes once ordered. The missile is expected to have a range close to 300 km. A compact version of the missile was gravity-dropped from a Sukhoi-30 fighter. On being released from the fuselage of the jet, the missile's engine fired up, propelling it towards its target in the Bay of Bengal.