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The Cabinet approves a ₹19,000-cr massive Indian Navy BrahMos missile deal: Report

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the purchase of more than 200 BrahMos extended-range supersonic cruise missiles for use aboard warships, significantly enhancing the capabilities of the Indian Navy, according to news agency ANI. The planned purchase agreement, which is valued at around ₹19,000 crore, is said to have been approved at a committee meeting on Wednesday night.

It is anticipated that the Ministry of Defense and BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian multinational aerospace and defense business, will sign the deal within the first week of March.

In 1998, Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s DRDO established BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited as a joint venture. At first, the two nations shared equal ownership of the corporation, but India has progressively grown its shareholding. The company is based in New Delhi.

One of the fastest cruise missiles in the world, the BrahMos missile system, is designed, developed, produced, and marketed by the firm.

The BrahMos company has made significant progress towards the indigenization of the BrahMos missile, with more components being made in the country.

Two years after the two nations inked an agreement worth about $375 million, India has also begun exporting BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines.

Days after the defense ministry accepted a plan to purchase nine maritime surveillance aircraft for the Indian Navy and six maritime patrol aircraft for the Indian Coast Guard, the cabinet committee gave its approval for the purchase of Brahmos missiles. As part of the planned procurement, 15 maritime patrol aircraft would be built. These aircraft would be based on C-295 transport aircraft, which are already being produced in India by a joint venture between Airbus and Tata Advanced Systems.

These projects are expected to be worth an incredible ₹29,000 crore.

The Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation would outfit the cargo aircraft with the necessary radars and sensors to transform it into a marine patrol aircraft, according to reports.

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