India pitches BrahMos to Russian Navy

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin

During the visit of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin to the BrahMos complex in India, head of the Joint Venture A Sivathanu Pillai urged the visiting dignitary to ensure induction of the missile in Russian Navy, officials said.

On 17JUL12, Rogozin was shown the development of the various variants of the missiles and the future plans of the joint venture company including a futuristic vision plan–2050.

The two sides had formed the joint venture to produce the supersonic cruise missiles in 1998 and since then, all three wings of the Indian armed forces have ordered BrahMos for their inventory but the Russian side is yet to do so.

The BrahMos is based on the Russian-designed NPO Mashinostroyenie 3M55 Yakhont (SS-N-26). The missile has a range of 290 km and can carry a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. It can effectively engage targets from an altitude as low as 10 metres and has a top speed of Mach 2.8, which is about three times faster than the US-made subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile.

BrahMos Aerospace

During Rogozin’s visit to the complex, he was accompanied by Russian Ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin, Head of United Aircraft Cooperation Pogosyn Mikhail, Head of Federal Services for Military Technical Cooperation Mr. Fomin Alexander, Head of Military Industrial Consortium NPOM Dr. Alexander Leonov, Head of Tactical Missile Armament Cooperation Mr. Obnocov Boris, Head of  United Aircraft Cooperation Mr. Pogosyn Mikhail, and Head of Rosoboronexport Isykin Anatoli.

Last month, the development of the BrahMos 2 was announced whose capabilities will reportedly include flying at speeds of Mach 5 – 7.  Sivathanu Pillai, chief executive officer of the Russian-Indian joint venture Brahmos Aerospace, said the system will take around 5 years to develop.

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