MoD inks Rs 1700-cr pact with BAPL for dual-role BrahMos missiles – The Ministry of Defence signed a Rs 1,700-crore deal with BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited (BAPL) for the acquisition of dual-role capable surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles for deployment on warships of the Indian Navy. Dual-role capable surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles deal will help in enhancing the operational capability of Indian Navy fleet assets.
- BrahMos missile’s name is a combination of the names of the Brahmaputra and Moskva rivers.
- A joint venture company set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Mashinostroyenia of Russia, BrahMos Aerospace has designed, developed and produced the BrahMos missiles.
- It will enhance the range and dual-role capability for land as well as anti-ship attacks.
- BrahMos Missile is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine.
- the missile gets supersonic speed and then gets separated in the first stage.
- The liquid ramjet or the second stage brings the missile closer to three times the speed of sound in the cruise phase.
- The ‘fire and forget’ type of missile can get a cruising altitude of 15 km and a terminal altitude as low as 10m to hit the target.
- The enhanced range version of the BrahMos Missile has a range of 4,000km.
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