The NIExpress has this report that finally Russia is to induct the Brahmos missile into its naval forces! This is great news as well as earlier reports of the hypersonic Brahmos being co-developed by both Russia and Indai.It puts to rest the asinine talk of Russia not cooperating with us and such projects are one-way trafffic.http://epaper.newindpress.com/NE/NE/200 ... ndex.shtml
PUTTING an end to the prevailing uncertainty, Russia has decided to induct the BrahMos cruise missiles in its future navy and army systems.
The Russian Defence Ministry has managed a special waiver for the BrahMos, an Indo-Russian joint venture, to facilitate its induction. According to Russian law, that country is legally bound to induct only those weapon systems that have been indigenously developed.
Top sources in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told Express that this technical objection had now been waived vis-a-vis BrahMos. The move gives a huge boost to the export potential of the missile as prospective buyers who raised the ‘why-not-in-Russia?’ doubt, may feel more confident about procuring it.
From an Indian point of view, the Russian decision will silence the critics of the BrahMos joint venture who aired the view that the deal gave the Russians more say than India on the export and sale of the missile.
It was also maintained that the Russians had little use of a 290km cruise missile as they were more worried about long-distance strategic concerns.
“The waiver clearly underlines Russian interest in strengthening defence relations with India. All new Russian ships will be armed with the BrahMos,” DRDO sources said.
Russia is also in the process of altering the Gorshkov class frigates to accommodate the BrahMos.
India, meanwhile, is all set to carry out underwater trials of the BrahMos before it is installed on submarines. The delay, sources said, was in getting a submarine on which the launch facility could be integrated. “The design is ready . But we don’t have a subsea platform from which to testfire the missile,” sources said.
The DRDO is now mooting the possibility of firing the BrahMos from a submerged pontoon to evaluate its underwater launch capability. “We only need to carry out two or three firings. The pontoon is being designed and we hope to carry out the testing before the year end,” sources said.
The Indian Navy has not indicated the type of submarines it wants the BrahMos on. The current thinking is to fit it on Scorpene 6 and 7 before the second line submarines join the fleet.