BrahMos receives orders worth Rs 25,000 crore
Indo-Russian (49.5 % stake) joint venture, BrahMos Aerospace developed the world’s first supersonic cruise missile and has already bagged orders worth Rs 25,000 crore from the Indian defence forces.
The deliveries to the Indian Army and Navy have started and the joint venture will begin deliveries of a slightly modified version to the Indian Air Force from 2015.
Export opportunities and issues with BrahMos:
The 290-km-range BrahMos having multiple platforms to launch and its low cost has also attracted the world. There is lot of export opportunity with about 14 countries showing interest. However, there are issues like the country’s security interests and what model (of the missile) that can be exported. The production order for BrahMos would rise from $7 billion to $10 billion by 2015.
Upcoming Modified version of BahMos:
The slight modification of the version of the missile is being done to suit the needs of the Indian Air Force. It is being fitted to the Air Force’s deep-strike Sukoi aircraft. In the mid of 2014, the live flight trials will be done and it will be ready for induction with the Air Force by 2015. The joint venture will later start work on new versions of the missile such as a hypersonic model.