BrahMos eyes 20% of global market share

The Indian Express

On the completion of 10 years since its first flight in June 2001, supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, jointly developed and produced by India and Russia, is looking forward to capture 20% of the global missile market share in the next decade.

CEO BrahMos Aerospace Dr A Sivathanu Pillai told FE, said: “While the global missile market is being dominated by the American and French missiles, in 10 years time we are looking at capturing 20% of the global market share, besides fulfilling the need of the Indian armed forces.”

The missile systems which cost nearly R10 crore each has impressed many a countries. Highly placed sources have revealed that some Latin American countries had almost finalised a deal for the weapon when the US intervened and offered Harpoons. Also, several middle eastern countries have also shown interest in the product. Termed as India’s Brahmastra (the ultimate weapon), it is the only supersonic cruise missile of its class in the world with a range of 290 km and a speed of 2.8 Mach (nearly three times the speed of the sound).

While the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos can be fired from land, air and sea, earlier this year, a war of words between India and Russia threatened to delay the development of the air version of the BrahMos cruise missile. The standoff has already delayed the testing of the air version of the missile. “We have made the launcher that would be integrated with the Sukhoi. It has been ground-tested. But we need to confirm our studies by firing a missile from it when the aircraft is engaged in high-speed manoeuvres,” sources said.

This missile gives it a formidable edge over its contemporaries and makes it a lucrative investment for countries seeking to boost their defences. Currently, both the Indian Army and the Navy have already inducted the land and naval variant of the missile respectively. Modifications are being carried out on the frontline fighter jets Sukhoi Su-30MKI to integrate BrahMos on the platform.

Interestingly, in an effort to further cement its military relations with India, Russia , which prohibits weapons manufactured outside the country from being deployed in its soil, has made changes to its laws to help induction of BrahMos in its forces.

BrahMos Aerospace has a professional market division to pitch the missile for sales to friendly foreign countries to India and Russia. BrahMos Aerospace is looking forward to export 1000 units of the missile systems and supply an equal number to the Indian forces. The test of an underwater BrahMos is also slated by the end of this financial year.

According to Pillai, “A joint venture for the missile development was new for both the parties (India and Russia). While Russians had the liquid ramjet engine we had the upper hand in the ground systems like fire control systems, launchers. So we decided to pool in our resources and knowledge to achieve BrahMos.”

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