Rus­sia should in­duct Brah­mos in its armed forces: Antony

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The In­dian De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony has said that Rus­sia should in­duct Brah­Mos su­per­sonic cruise mis­sile in their fleet so that the success achieved in the joint ven­ture will be fully ap­pre­ci­ated.

Ad­dress­ing the ‘Part­ner­ship Day’ mark­ing the 15th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of In­ter-Gov­ern­men­tal Agree­ment (IGA) be­tween In­dia and Rus­sia for the for­ma­tion of Brah­Mos joint ven­ture in New Delhi, he said, soon the In­dian Air Force will have Brah­Mos, land and air plat­forms, mak­ing it a real force mul­ti­plier for all the wings of the In­dian armed forces.

Army, Navy and Air Force con­sider Brah­Mos to be an im­por­tant weapon due to its pace, pre­ci­sion and power. The Government has also de­cided to ex­pand the in­fra­struc­ture at mul­ti­ple cen­tres to cater to larger pro­duc­tion re­quire­ment of Brah­Mos mis­siles and sys­tems.

Antony said the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the sci­en­tists and sci­en­tific ex­per­tise of DRDO and NPOM and many other or­gan­i­sa­tions from In­dia and Rus­sia has proved that there is a way to do things faster and take the lead in the world. The part­ner­ship has blos­somed and yielded re­sults, which have not been achieved by any other coun­try. He ad­mit­ted that the role of DRDO, NPOM and the qual­ity as­sur­ance agen­cies in groom­ing this in­dus­try to achieve high tech­nol­ogy lev­els and a su­pe­rior qual­ity prod­uct has in­deed re­sulted in cus­tomers’ de­light, that is, our de­fence forces.

The CEO and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Brah­Mos Aero­space Dr A. Si­vathanu Pil­lai in his wel­come ad­dress gave a brief ac­count of the growth and evo­lu­tion of this joint ven­ture. The Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne in his ad­dress said that the mod­i­fied Su-30MKI air­craft will soon be equipped with Brah­Mos mis­sile.

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