India’s Ministry of Defense will acquire additional dual-purpose BrahMos missiles

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) of India has signed contract with BrahMos Aerospace to procure more BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles (SSM).

The contract, awarded under the Buy Indian category, is valued at $213.36 million (INR 17 billion).

Acquisition of dual roles are capable BrahMos SSM It is expected to strengthen the operational capability of the Indian Navy fleet.

According to India’s Ministry of Defence, the latest signing further boosts the Indian government’s ‘AatmaNirbharta’ efforts in defense manufacturing.

It will also facilitate the local production of various ammunition and critical weapon systems required by the Indian forces.

BrahMos is a two-stage supersonic cruise missile capable of speeds of up to Mach 3 and a maximum range of 290 km.

It works on the principle of “shoot and forget” and has a cruising altitude of up to 15 km.

Since 2005, the Indian Navy has been using supersonic missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, as well as from land.

In January this year, BrahMos expanded its range a test launch of the rocket was carried out aboard the Indian Navy destroyer Visakhapatnam, INS Visakhapatnam. Another test was conducted in the Indian Ocean in March.

It is held on board the Calcutta-class stealth missile destroyer. INS Chennai, the test involved evaluating the Brahmos surface attack missile’s ability to engage land targets far from the sea.

BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture (JV) of Russia’s NVA Engineering and Defense Research and Development Organization of India.

The JV is responsible for supplying India with a new generation SSM with improved range and dual capabilities for both land and anti-ship threats.

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