India's Strategic Trump BRAHMOS

India Strategic (July 30, 2009)                                                                           Print This News

NEW DELHI: India’s rise to strategic prominence in the Indian subcontinent has been well-matched by the fluidity of its geo-political environment and, consequently, makes for a strong case for New Delhi to assume the role of a major player in shaping the regional order. Although current strategic trends lean heavily towards the continuation of sub-conventional conflict, conventional conflict cannot be negated altogether, especially given the reality of India’s unresolved territorial and boundary disputes with its neighbours .......

....... This was in addition to the realisation towards t e need for indigenous cruise missile technology and, consequently, India chose the supersonic route to develop the BrahMos—the first of its kind in the world. It is the product of a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia, who mutually formed the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. The acronym BrahMos is perceived as the confluence of the strategic interests of the two nations represented by their rivers, namely the Brahmaputra (India) and the Moskva (Russia) .......

The Strategic Triad

Advent of the BrahMos gave the Indian armed forces, the much needed capability to undertake deep surgical strikes against a country that attacks India. The high speed of the BrahMos gives it better target-penetration characteristics as compared to slower subsonic cruise missiles such as the Tomahawk. BrahMos is a multi-platform cruise missile enabling it to strike from various types of land, sea and air-based platforms, including mobile and fixed ones. Possession of such weapon systems in the Indian arsenal would successfully prevent any hostile ship close within an operational range of 290 kms at sea ......

.......  The emergence of the BrahMos as a top-notch weapon system in the world in its category includes research, development as well as establishment of facilities for production. BrahMos has often been compared with other weapon systems of the world in terms of cost .......  .......

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  • "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