Year 2020 might see the first export order of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile being executed and the Republic of the Philippines will be among few front runners eyeing for this lethal weapon jointly developed by India and Russia.
The Philippines Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana last week confirmed to a section of media in Manila that the contract for acquiring two batteries of BrahMos will be signed this year.
This year would also see new BrahMos variants being tested with enhanced range, thanks to the continuous effort of Indian missile scientists to embed the weapon with smarter systems for better performance.
At the just-concluded DefExpo 2020, Onmanorama caught up with Dr Sudhir Kumar Mishra, the CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace, for an update on a missile that has no competitor yet in the world market.
“I am inspired to see how BrahMos missile has found a place in the hearts of many Indians. Success breeds success and BrahMos will spring many more surprises in future,” says Dr Mishra.
Here are the excerpts from the interview:
On Def Expo
This edition of DefExpo has been an exceptionally good one as compared to Chennai (2018), Goa (2016) and Delhi (2014). With all the shortcomings Lucknow has had, the show has been massive. The curiosity levels among youngsters touched sky high and we had exhibited a ‘live model’ of BrahMos at the show. There were several people, especially youngsters, who were chasing us to know more about the missile.
Will be ready with BrahMos-NG when IAF demands it: Dr S K Mishra
Several delegations from India and abroad were constantly visiting our stalls and we virtually had no time to breathe during the business days of the show.