Brahmos Aerospace in talks with six Nations for supersonic missile export

It has been reported that India is in talks with as many as eight countries for exporting the Brahmos supersonic missile.

These are friendly nations located in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa. Some of these includes of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Rather, the negotiations with them are at advanced stage; it is almost pre-contact work.

Noteworthy, In January 2022, the Philippine Defence Ministry and BrahMos concluded a $375 million contract for the supply of ground-based anti-ship missile systems.

The contract also includes training for operating personnel and a logistics support package. The deliveries of the missiles are slated to begin by the end of 2023.

Besides, the country is also reportedly considering a follow-on order of around $300 million.

Further, Brahmos Aerospace is in advanced discussions with Indonesia on a deal worth between $200-$350 million under which it had offered to supply shore-based BrahMos missiles and a version that can be mounted on warships.

The company has been in protracted negotiations with Indonesia. The deal could be in place within the year.

About BrahMos Aerospace

The BrahMos Aerospace 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 through an inter-governmental agreement in 1998.

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.

The first trial launch of BrahMos missile took place in 2001. Various versions of this missile have been commissioned to India’s navy, air force and army.

About BrahMos Supersonic 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.