Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace bags orders worth Rs 25,000 crore; Evaluation trials of third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile Nag successful
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  • According to reports, BrahMos, the world’s first supersonic cruise missile developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace, has bagged orders worth Rs 25,000 crore from the Indian defence forces. It has already started deliveries to the Indian Army and Navy. The joint venture is currently working on a slightly modified version of the missile to suit the needs of the Indian Air Force. It is being fitted to the Air Force’s deep-strike Sukoi aircraft. The unique quotient of BrahMos lies in its flexibility of using multiple platforms to launch the 290-km- range missile and low cost. A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO and Managing Director of BrahMos Aerospace said on July 30, “There is lot of export opportunity, with about 14 countries showing interest. However, there are issues like the country’s security interests and what model (of the missile) that can be exported.” Russia, which holds 49.5 per cent stake in the joint venture, has already indicated its willingness to allow for export of the missile to some countries, while India is yet to take any decision. 1
    In another development, according to reports, the evaluation trials of Nag, a third-generation fire-and-forget anti-tank guided missile, have been successful. Almost a year ago, Nag failed the trials done by the Indian Army in Rajasthan. DRDO had then attributed the failure to high temperatures in the desert. The recent evaluation trials were conducted after integrating the Nag with the more sensitive and higher resolution seekers developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) in Hyderabad. The new seekers have been performing well in extremely hot temperatures, hitting targets with efficiency and accuracy. G Satheesh Reddy, director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI) of the Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has said that the recent trials were satisfactory and without previous glitches. The fairly accurate results that have finally been obtained by the DRDO have paved the way for the actual trials of Nag early next year. 2