Defence Current Affairs - 2019
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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.
India has offered $ 100 million credit line to Vietnam for the purchase military equipment. It will be used for purchasing four patrol boats.
India’s interests in Vietnam
India aims to remain involved in oil exploration activity in the Phu Kanh basin of the South China Sea. But China has to claim that it is its zone of influence. Earlier, Vietnam and India have focused on strategic ties that include cooperation in the civil nuclear sector, training slots for Vietnamese military officers and frequent exchange of visits.
India seeks to expand its defence ties with Vietnam to military hardware and Brahmos missile is one of the key items on Vietnam’s wish-list. India has co-produced the missile with Russia, which, however, has close ties with both Vietnam and China. Indian wants to enhance security ties with all countries beyond its eastern end as a key component to its East Look Policy.