HAL and Brahmos agree to forge part­ner­ship

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

With syn­er­gies sim­ply wait­ing to be ex­ploited be­tween the two aero­space ma­jors, and with the hy­per­sonic BrahMos-2 speed­ing up on the draw­ing board, the Hin­dus­tan Aeronauitcs Limited (HAL) and BrahMos have forged a part­ner­ship for long-term sup­port to­wards all vari­ants of BrahMos pro­grammes. Un­der the new un­der­stand­ing, HAL will in­stall and aug­ment re­quired fa­cil­i­ties un­der the tech­ni­cal sup­port of the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (DRDO) lab­o­ra­tory Re­search Cen­tre Imarat (RCI) to meet the cur­rent and the fu­ture pro­gramme ex­pec­ta­tions. The two sides also agreed to part­ner and en­hance in­dige­nous con­tent of the BrahMos pro­gramme.

The BrahMos-A is ex­pected to be tested from a Su-30MKI later this year for the first time, while BrahMos is al­ready con­tem­plat­ing a mod­i­fied minia­turised anti-ship mis­sile for use off all IAF fighter types, in­clud­ing the MMRCA when pro­duc­tion be­gins. HAL and BrahMos have al­ready worked ex­ten­sively to­gether in mod­i­fy­ing the Su30MKI air­frame to house a BrahMos-A on a belly py­lon. Fu­ture syn­er­gies and joint pro­grammes are likely too.

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