Deal signed for Rs 1,700 cr worth of additional BrahMos missiles for India’s warships

A Rs 1,700-crore agreement for the supply of additional BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles was signed on Thursday between the Defence ministry’s acquisitions wing and the M/s BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd.

This takes the worth of total contracts signed so far for these missiles to over Rs 38,000 crore.

“Induction of these missiles will further enhance the Navy’s operational capability. The contract will also boost indigenous production of the critical weapon system and ammunition, with active participation of the domestic industry,” ToI reported quoting a defence ministry official.

The “dual role” surface-to-surface missiles (capable of both land attack and anti-ship attacks) have a strike range of 290-km. They are meant for use by Indian Navy’s main warships.

Ten frontline warships of the Navy are already armed with the missiles, while the vertical launch systems have also been installed on another five warships.

BrahMos missiles are of the “air-breathing” type. They fly at Mach 2.8, which almost three times the speed of sound. They are now the precision-strike conventional (non-nuclear) weapon.

According to an earlier ToI report, the range of these missiles, jointly produced by Russia, has also been extended from the original 290-km to 350-400-km now, while a 800-km variant is also in the works.

INS Visakhapatnam, the Navy’s latest guided-missile destroyer, had successfully tested BrahMos’ extended range version in January.

The Army has deployed its BrahMos missile batteries Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh along with other weapon systems in view of the border tug-of-war with China.

The Air Force has inducted two land-based BrahMos squadrons. The air-launched version is being fitted on Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets in a progressive manner.