Several countries display interest in Russian-Indian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

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BANGALORE /India/, February 21. /TASS/. About five countries have displayed their interest in acquiring the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, Head of the Russian-Indian BrahMos Aerospace Joint Venture Sudhir Kumar Mishra told TASS on Thursday.

“The government of India and the government of Russia have agreed to export the BrahMos missile to certain countries. And we are talking to them. And we feel that it is too early to disclose the names but the principal approvals from all the countries are there,” Mishra told TASS on the sidelines of the Aero India 2019 international air show that runs in Bangalore.

“And soon we will be able to reveal the news that we have exported. But export is one major milestone which we are planning right now. About 4 or 5 countries,” Mishra said.

The commencement of BrahMos missile deliveries to third countries is a major stage, which the company plans in its development, he stressed.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is the product of Russia’s Machine-Building Research and Development Consortium and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, which set up BrahMos Aerospace JV in 1998.

The missile’s name comes from the names of two rivers: the Brahmaputra of India and the Moskva of Russia. The missile’s first launch took place on June 12, 2001 from a coastal launcher.

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