Different version of BRAHMOS to be tested

The Hindu (February 16, 2010)                                                                           Print This News

NEW DELHI: India is preparing to test a different version of the supersonic BRAHMOS cruise missile currently deployed both in the Indian Army and the Navy.

The version for the army would be tested shortly for its efficacy to hit targets on surface after clearing natural obstruction requiring ascent and descent, defence sources said here.

The Air Force variant of BRAHMOS is also being prepared for test from the underbelly of a Sukhoi-MKI frontline fighter after earlier attempt to fix them under the wings was not successful.

The BrahMos, a joint venture of India and Russia, is also planning to expand its production capacity to reach a level of 100 missiles per year as against half of that number being produced at present.

At present, India makes 25 missiles at its facilities in Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram. The rest of the missiles are being made by Russia there.

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  • "Make in India' should not be limited to production & manufacturing only, it should also involve generation of engineering knowledge in the country." - Mr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra

  • "BrahMos is not only a successful Joint Venture but also a model for cooperation which has immense political value for our two countries" - Mr. Dmitry Rogozin

  • "BrahMos JV is a unique venture which has given substantial guidelines in defence design inputs, engineering inputs, production related culture and ultimately in pushing the technology base forward" - Dr. V G Sekaran

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  • "BrahMos is the most successful missile company of the nation and it is this unique blend of young and experienced team members motivated with innovation and utmost dedication that has contibuted to the success of the missile system" - Dr. Avinash Chander