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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Russia to Deliver Over 1,000 Cruise Missiles to India

Over 1,000 BrahMos cruise missiles will be delivered to the three services of the Indian armed forces and also to some other countries within the next few years, a top official of Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia, which has developed the missile in partnership with India’s DRDO, said on Monday, Feb. 5.

“Money has already been paid to us for several hundred missiles, built in accordance with some previously concluded contracts,” Gerbert Yefremov, Director-General and Chief Designer of the Moscow-based company was quoted as saying by Itar-Tass.

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“The high standard of our weapons has already won contracts for three frigates, which Russia will build for India. Their cost tops all the potentially possible profits from the sale of missiles. These orders, adding up to many billions, were won thanks to our joint work with India and thanks to BrahMos deliveries. The situation will apparently shape up in the same way with submarines in the near future,” Yefremov noted.

“Our joint work is yielding splendid results. One thousand or even two thousand missiles may seem to be an overwhelming number, but it is necessary to bear in mind that approximately 12,000 missiles of previous generations will have to be replaced all over the world within the next fifteen years,” Yefremov said in a statement on the results of the company’s work in 2006.

Work on the BrahMos venture, with the participation of Russian and Indian plants, began in mid-1999.

The first launch of such a missile from a coastal site was successfully carried out on June 12, 2001.

India successfully tested a new modification of the supersonic BrahMos missile on Sunday, Feb. 4.

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