The Indian Navy will purchase more than 200 supersonic missiles worth $2.5 billion from India-Russia joint BrahMos Aerospace, as per the news agency ANI.
This contract is projected to have a total value of 2.5 billion dollars. The announcement comes after the Indian Navy successfully tested the Vector in the Arabian Sea from a Kolkata-class stealth missile destroyer built by Mazagon Dock Ltd. While nothing regarding the transaction has been confirmed, the acquisition appears to be near and should thus be approved by the Indian Ministry of Defense soon.
The Indian navy warships will be outfitted with new shells, according to reports. Brahmos rockets have improved dramatically in recent years, with flight range increasing from 290 to more than 400 kilometres.
What capabilities does the supersonic BrahMos have?
The BrahMos is a ramjet-powered supersonic anti-ship cruise missile based on the Russian P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship cruise missile, which is now being used to hit civilian facilities along Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. It has a top speed of Mach 2.8 and may be launched from the sea, land, air, or undersea. It is one of the principal weapons used by the Indian Navy in its operations. Its manufacturer continued to enhance the missile system, increasing its attack range from 290 km to over 400 km. It will weigh 200 kg and be capable of carrying conventional, armour-piercing, and nuclear charges. Notwithstanding India’s announcement of an increase in the amount of locally produced components, a few of them are still of Russian origin.
Foreign sales scenario
Only India and the Philippines currently have missiles. In a contract for 375 million dollars (250 million euros) on March 2022, the latter bought three batteries of BrahMos cruise missiles. Filipinos were also trained in using BrahMos in India in 2023 at the manufacturer’s facility.