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India, Russia likely to sign deal for BRAHMOS 'mini missile' during Putin's visit

PTI , (December 08, 2014)

New Delhi: India and Russia are likely to ink a key deal for the joint development of a BRAHMOS 'mini missile' during the visit of Russian President Vladmir Putin later this week.

Official sources said that a tripartite agreement in this regard is likely to be signed between DRDO, NPOM lab of Russia and BrahMos Aerospace.

The new missile will have a speed of Mach 3.5 and can carry a payload of 300-kg up to a range of 290-km. In terms of size, it will be about half that of the present missile, which is around 10-metres long.

The missile can be integrated with different platforms, including submarines and the Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft.

Putin will land here on December 10 and fly out within 24 hours.

BrahMos Aerospace, an Indian-Russian joint venture firm set up in 1998, feels that the new missile would be inducted into the services by 2017 and there would be a huge market in India, Russia and friendly foreign countries.

The BRAHMOS missile can be launched through land, air, ships and submarines.

While the Army and Navy have already started inducting land and sea-based BRAHMOS missile systems, the air launch variant is set for trials soon.

India had last year successfully carried out the maiden test firing of the over 290 km-range submarine-launched version of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile in the Bay of Bengal, becoming the first country in the world to have this capability.

The BRAHMOS missile is fully ready for fitment in submarines in vertical launch configuration, which will make the platform one of the most powerful in the world.

  • "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