India in talks with eight countries for BrahMos missile export

India is in talks with as many as eight countries for exporting the BrahMos missiles. These are friendly nations located in South East Asia, Middle East and even Africa. There is a demand for all — land, ship and aircraft launched versions in these countries.

Besides, BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) is expected to start the flight trials of the New Generation (NG) missile. It is a lighter variant by the end of next year after which the production is expected to start by the end of 2025 or by 2026 depending on the requirement of the users. The NG version will be lighter by more than 50% of the original Brahmos. Reducing it will also increase the numbers of missiles that can be carried.

About BAPL

The BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) is an Indo-Russian multinational aerospace and defence corporation, with core manufacturing concentrations in Cruise missiles. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, it was founded as a joint venture between the India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia. The company currently manufactures BrahMos missile with a range of 300 km and traveling at speeds of Mach 4. It is currently developing BrahMos-II, a hypersonic cruise missile.

About BrahMos missile

BrahMos supersonic cruise missile (also designated as PJ-10) is a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms. The missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound. The per unit cost of the missile is expected to be approximately USD 5 million.