Friday, January 25, 2008

Flight test of BrahMos air version next year: MD, BrahMos Aerospace

The flight test of the air version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile will be conducted next year, A Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Executive and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace has said.

The induction of BrahMos missile into the Army and Navy was under progress and the production capability would be enhanced beyond 100 units a year, if needed, Pillai told reporters in Tiruchirapalli on Thursday.

About 10 countries, including some developed nations, have evinced interest in having the missile. But, no decision has been taken yet to sell the missile to other countries, he said.

A decision in this regard would be made jointly by India and Russia. The priority was to meet the demands of the three forces in the country, he said.

An Indo-Russian team has finalised the preliminary specifications of the system for BrahMos-II with hypersonic speed. The new version would be developed in five years' time, he said.

Pillai, who is also the Chief Controller(Research and Development) of Defence Research and Development Organisation, said the DRDO with four research boards and grant-in-aid schemes, had tie-ups with 200 institutions in the country.

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