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Manmohan: Russia a trusted defence supplier

The Hindu (June 29, 2006)                                                                           Print This News

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday that the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, co-produced by India and Russia, had been inducted into the Navy and would soon be part of the other wings of the armed forces.

Dr. Singh announced this at a gathering of top officers, scientists and engineers from India and Russia and representatives from industrial units involved in the missile's production, while on a visit to the BrahMos Aerospace complex here.

Describing Russia as a ``traditional and trusted'' supplier of defence systems, Dr. Singh said new meaning had emerged through this successful strategic partnership by elevating ties to the joint design, development and production of weapons.

"India is now operating on the frontiers of modern science and technology. The shining example of mastery over complex processes of technology is this joint venture project, BrahMos...This has become a shining example of successful international cooperation," he said.
Dr. Singh, who was at the complex for an hour, was shown the weapon system, comprising the launch vehicle and the mobile command post, as well as the complete launch sequence.

  • "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