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If BrahMos exports fructify, sales could double in 5 yrs: CEO Sudhir Kumar

BrahMos Aerospace manufactures the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

After long development plan, BrahMos comes into its own

Domestic orders placed for the missiles have been worth more than $7 billion over the last 20 years, and if exports fructify the sales could double in the next five years, chief said today.

Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture formed in 1998, manufactures the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land.

While India could use the missiles for its three services -- Army, Navy and the Air Force -- it could not export them before June, 2016, when it became a signatory to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

The membership enabled India to trade in high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia.

"The journey of (nearly) 20 years has not been easy. We have struggled with our finances, technology, users. Challenges have been so many," Aerospace's CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra said speaking at the Deftech 2017, an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Defence Ministry.

The company started making profit only in its 14th year, he said.

Over a period of time, the missiles have been developed to become more effective for all the three services, he said.

"The journey has been meaningful because we invested $300 million and today we have orders worth more than $7 billion," Mishra said.

After India joined the MTCR, many countries, especially Vietnam, expressed interest in buying the missiles.

"If exports fructify, then this (the order for missiles) can almost double in another five years," he said.

Later, when asked about exports of the missiles, he declined to comment, saying he was not authorised to talk to the media and the Defence Ministry would be in a position to comment on it.

In August, there were reports of India supplying anti-ship cruise missiles to Vietnam. However, the information was dubbed "incorrect" by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the programme, G Satheesh Reddy, the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, said a strong research and development (R&D) base is necessary for making the country self-reliant in defence technology.

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 19:52 IST