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India opens stall in billion global arms bazaar

DNA (November 25, 2005)                                                                           Print This News

The billion annual global defence market is tough to crack. It's a market in which politics, diplomacy, and murky deals ensure the dominance of a select few.

But for the first time, two Indian products - the Dhruv helicopter and the BrahMos missile - are making waves in the international arms bazaar. The high-profile marketing of these products is being aided by two of the world's most powerful arms-manufacturing nations: Israel and Russia.

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Coincidentally, Chile could also be the first buyer of the BrahMos. Preliminary discussions have begun and at last week's meeting between Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Russian counterpart, Sergei Ivanov, the latter consented to the sale.

Defence ministry officials believe the sheer quality of BrahMos should garner a huge market. It is the world's only supersonic missile and is believed to be superior to America's Tomahawk cruise missiles.

"Several countries are interested in the BrahMos and we are talking to them", said A Sivathanu Pillai, chief controller of the Defence Research and Development Organisation. He refused to say more.

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo-Russian joint venture based in New Delhi, which manufactures the missile in its factory in Hyderabad, has been exhibiting the weapon at various international shows, the latest being in Thailand last month.

  • "Time has come for BrahMos Aerospace to work on Mark-II version of BRAHMOS so that we will still be the market leader in hypersonic cruise missiles." - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

  • "The traditional partnership between India & Russia has been tested by the time and time and it is the most important stabilizing factor, not only for the asian region, but for the whole world" - Vladimir Putin

  • "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

  • "BrahMos JV is most suitable model, which has withstood the test of time and is recommended to be followed for realization of all high end products with our country." - Dr. V K Saraswat

  • "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