India to develop smaller missile: Brahmos Aerospace

PTI (February 17, 2014)                                                                           Print This News

CHENNAI (PTI): India plans to develop a smaller missile with advance technologies under Vision 2050 Programme, a top official of BrahMos Aerospace has said.

"We have got three major programmes (under Vision 2050). One major programme is to develop a smaller missile which has same characteristics of larger missile", BrahMos Aerospace CEO and Managing Director A Sivathanu Pillai said.

The proposed missile with advance technology would be smaller in size and low weight but have "better capability," he told reporters here on Friday on the sidelines of fifth edition of Tamil Nadu Manufacturing Summit, organised by the CII.

"These are the new concept which we are doing. We (India) will be the first in the world to create such a wonderful mission (Vision 2050)," he said.

The second programme would focus on increasing the speed of the missiles. "In supersonic (missiles) we have taken leadership across the globe. Now we want to be a leader in hypersonic (missiles)", he said.

"Third important project, which we wanted to do, is integrating the technologies with space. Today space has become a very important arena for working. You cannot forget about space. So, we are going to have integrated weapon satellite ground communication and different deployment scenarios into one", he said.

Elaborating he said the concept was "with minimum power, we can make maximum damage to enemy. That is the new concept which we are working on".

Noting that India's spending on research and development was "less" compared to any other country, he said, "it is not difficult thing to invest. What we have to do is, we have to get high technology".

Referring to BrahMos, he said "We have invested USD 300 million (about Rs 1,500 crore) so far, but our business today is Rs 25,000 crore that is nearly USD five to six billion", he said.

He said India has potential to do business about USD 100 billion at the global level. Indian cruise missiles were ranked number one compared to the United States' -- Tomahawk missile, he said.

  • "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