Indian BrahMos cruise missile could be exported to Southeast Asian and Latin American countries 0408
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Defence & Security News - India
|Monday, August 4, 2014 07:45 AM|
|Indian BrahMos cruise missile could be exported to Southeast Asian and Latin American countries.|
In line with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision to export defence hardware, supersonic cruise missile manufacturer BrahMos Aerospace has said that Southeast Asian and Latin American countries have shown interest in acquiring the 290km range weapon system and it is possible to export the missile to certain friendly nations.
BrahMos is a supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.
"Several Southeast Asian and Latin American countries want the BrahMos, expressed interest in it, particularly for the naval and coastal defence versions. A definite list of such countries already exists. We are progressing with our marketing strategy for exporting BrahMos to certain nations, subject to clearance from both Indian and Russian governments," BrahMos Aerospace CEO Sudhir Kumar Mishra said.
"We expect several export contracts to be signed with nations friendly to both India and Russia in the near future," he told PTI in an interview.
Mishra declined to name the countries that have shown interest in the missile system but Defence Ministry sources said Vietnam and Indonesia in South East Asia and Venezuela in Latin America have expressed willingness to procure the missile.
Recently, the Prime Minister had stated that India should now move towards self-reliance in producing military weapons and systems and also look for exporting them to the friendly nations.