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Power in a small package

IHS Janes , (September 19, 2014)

BrahMos Aerospace was formed in 1998 as a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and Joint Stock Company "Military Industrial Consortium" "NPO Mashinostroyenia" of Russia. The company is responsible for designing, developing and marketing the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

BrahMos is a short-range ramjet supersonic missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It is named after the Brahmaputra river of India and Moskva river of Russia. It is the world's fastest cruise missile, travelling at speeds of up to Mach 3.0.

Last month, BrahMos Aerospace said it was hopeful that a pact to develop a sleeker and faster mini-version of the missile would be signed between DRDO, NPO Mashinostroyenia and BrahMos Aerospace during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in December.

This mini-version of the BrahMos missile will have a speed of Mach 3.5 and will be almost half the size of the present missile, which is about 10m long.

BrahMos chief executive Sudhir Mishra recently said that, once developed, the missile could be integrated with different platforms, including submarines and the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft being developed jointly by the two countries.

A hypersonic version of the missile is also presently under development with a speed of Mach 7.0 to boost aerial fast strike capability. It is expected to be ready for testing by 2017.

  • "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