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More, faster and smaller BRAHMOS missiles for India's armed forces

Russia & India Report , (June 15, 2015)

The joint venture Russia-India company BrahMos Aerospace, which manufactures the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, celebrated another anniversary with some new goals. These include equipping three other military regiments with the BRAHMOS, testing an aviation-compatible version of the BRAHMOS-A, and also developing smaller versions of the BRAHMOS-NG and hypersonic BRAHMOS-2.

 "BRAHMOS made India proud"

 BrahMos Aerospace was founded in 1998, and named in honour of the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moscow River in Russia.

"BRAHMOS has certainly made India proud to possess an advanced high technology weapon system, which no other country in the world has", said APJ Abdul Kalam, India's former president, speaking at an official ceremony.

In the past year, a total of 62 missiles have been delivered to the army, navy and air force against the contracted - for delivery of 60 missiles, along with the delivery of ground systems to the first BRAHMOS Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF). Abdul Kalam said he was sure that BrahMos Aerospace would achieve new heights this year and, in June 2016, would begin to supply the aviation version, the BRAHMOS-A, to the IAF.

Sudhir Kumar Mishra, Chief executive of BrahMos Aerospace, said testing of the BRAHMOS-A would take place onboard a Su-30MKU this year.

"Will order three more regiments"

 An RIR source close to the Ministry of Defence, said on condition of anonymity that Indian Armed Forces had earlier ordered a fourth regiment of BRAHMOS missiles.

"By the end of the year we want to order another two - accordingly a fifth and sixth regiment", the source said.

Each regiment is made up of four launching vehicles and 90 missiles and costs around 2000 crore rupees ($300 million).

In April, the army decided to arm a third regiment with the BRAHMOS.

So far, BrahMos has also successfully handed over three Technical Positions (TP) to the Indian Army and two TPs for the IAF in different locations in the Western, Central and Eastern sectors of India.

"We have also given ourselves the task of creating smaller versions of the BRAHMOS / BRAHMOS-NG and, over the next 5-10 years, develop the hypersonic BRAHMOS /BRAHMOS-2/", Mishra said. The BRAHMOS-2 is likely to achieve speeds greater than Mach 7, or seven times the speed of sound.

  • "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