BrahMos Missile Deal: India's Defence Ministry is reportedly in the process of securing another massive deal for BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, as it finalizes the purchase of more than 200 such missiles to equip its frontline Navy warships.
According to sources, the proposal for the procurement of the missiles and related equipment is currently under consideration by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Once approved by the DAC, the proposal will be forwarded to the Cabinet Committee on Security, which is chaired by the Prime Minister, for the final approval.
The proposed deal, which is estimated to be worth over Rs 15,000 crore, will be for four Project-15B destroyers as well as seven Project-17A frigates.
10 frontline warships are already equipped with BrahMos missiles jointly developed by Russia, while its vertical launch systems have also been installed on another five warships.
The Navy had on March 5 test-fired BrahMos with an indigenous DRDO-designed seeker and booster from a warship in the Arabian Sea.
In India, different versions of BrahMos have been deployed for the Army, Navy and Air Force, and now India is preparing BrahMos for many countries.
Last year, the Philippines signed a deal with India for the acquisition of three BrahMos missile systems, and now the Philippines has completed the training of their operations.
Soon the supply of these missile systems will be started and then the Philippines will deploy them against China to protect its maritime border.
BrahMos is one of the most dangerous supersonic cruise missiles in the world. Its firepower is 290 kilometres.
India is continuously working on the range extended version of BrahMos and now its range is between 400 to 500 km.
Apart from the Philippines, many other countries have also shown interest in the BrahMos missile, including Indonesia, Thailand and many others.