ASEAN Nations are looking to purchase certain weapon systems from India, including India’s indigenously built Akash surface to air missile (SAM) and BrahMos cruise missile.
When the 10 Asean leaders meet for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on Thursday, sources told Financial Express: “Exports of Akash and BrahMos missiles will be topping the agenda.”
As part of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, India has increased its engagement with the Asean countries in the fields of maritime security, military exercises as well as trade and investments.
Last year, the Indian government had said that it has set a target of exporting weapons and systems worth $2 billion by 2019, six times the size of India’s current exports. The government has allowed defence PSUs to earmark 10% of their production for exports to help India increase its defence exports. PSUs could earlier export only after meeting the demands of the Indian armed forces.
Various reports had suggested that India was considering supplying the missiles to the Southeast Asian nation. In 2016, various media reports suggested that 11 nations including Malaysia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, South Africa, Chile and Brazil has sought to purchase BrahMos missiles.
Akash, a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL). The missile system can target aircrafts flying 30 kilometres away at altitudes of up to 18,000 metres.
The BrahMos is a medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile and is capable of being launched from submarines, ships, aircrafts and from land-based equipments.
Indias BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with a strike range of more than 800 km will likely be tested by the year-end, Hindustan Times reports Saturday. The Defence Research and Development Organisation had announced in February 2017 that a missile variant with a strike range of 800 km was under development
A solid propellant used as booster for the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which was successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30 fighter jet in November 2017, will now be mass produced in India, enabling the government to save millions. "The DRDO will sign an agreement of transfer of technology (ToT) with a Nagpur-based private company for mass production of the boosters during a defence industry development meet at Chennai on Thursday
Indias Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) today test-fired the Surface to Air Missile (SAM) ‘Akash with indigenous radio frequency seeker against a mobile target, Banshee. This is the first Surface to Air Missile with indigenous seeker that has been test fired
India is mulling to export missiles to certain friendly countries as missile production has seen an increase in the nation, Defense Minister said Friday. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, speaking at a programme to mark the inaugural flight of HTT-40, said that Brahmos will be among the missiles that would be exported
A Chinese firm yesterday tested a ramjet powered- missile, HD-1 which it claims is a rival to the Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile. Suggesting that the missile would target the potential market of BrahMos, a Chinese export was quoted by the Global Times publication as saying, “the BrahMos missile is a more expensive, less useful supersonic cruise missile developed by India and Russia
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Indias Brahmos missile, launched from a Su-30MKI fighter jet will be tested against a land target in the coming 2-3 months. The missile was earlier tested against a sea target in November 2017
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