HAL and Brahmos agree to forge partnership
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.