Apr 22, 2007

BrahMos the supersonic cruise missile is a hit

Several countries have shown interest in the BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia that was successfully tested from a range at Chandipur on Sunday.
BrahMos is the first and only supersonic cruise missile using liquid ramjet technology. The BrahMos has been developed as a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia under BrahMos Aerospace.

The missile is named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Moskva.

"Many countries have evinced interest in the BrahMos which has no equivalent in the world," A Sivathanu Pillai, CEO of Brahmos Aerospace Private Ltd said. There is no missile in the world with such capacities, precision, speed and power," he said, adding the missile's 14th test on Sunday was a "100 per cent success".

The Indian and Russian governments will decide who the missile could be sold to, he said.

The BrahMos, which has a range of 290 km, will be inducted into the Indian Army this year, Pillai said. The missile has already been inducted into the Indian Navy.

"We are going to deliver the missile to the army this year as orders have been placed with us."

The testing of the missile to fit it into submarines would be conducted in the future. "We are actually waiting for the platform," Pillai said.
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