BrahMos Aerospace

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BrahMos Aerospace Limited
Government-owned corporation
Industry Defense
Founded New Delhi, India (February 12, 1998 (February 12, 1998))
Key people
Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
Products Cruise missile
Total assets US$5 billion (2013)

The BrahMos Aerospace Limited is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia under BrahMos Aerospace. The BrahMos missile is named after two rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Moskva.

The company currently manufactures BrahMos missile with a range of 300 km and traveling at speeds of Mach 2.8 to 3.0. It is currently developing BrahMos-II, a hypersonic cruise missile.

India is a member of the MTCR, India and Russia are now planning to jointly develop a new generation of Brahmos missiles with 600 km-plus range[1] and an ability to hit protected targets with pinpoint accuracy.[1][2]


BrahMos Aerospace stall at Defexpo 2016 in New Delhi.

After the Gulf War of the 1990s, there was a feeling that it was necessary to have a cruise missile system in India. As a result in 1998, then Scientific Advisor of India to Defense Minister A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Deputy Defence Minister of Russia N.V. Mikhailov signed an inter-governmental agreement in Moscow.

India holds a 50.5% share stake in the company and Russia holds the other 49.5% .


BrahMos Aerospace production centre first started at Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh. In 2007, BrahMos Aerospace acquired Kerala Hitech Industries Limited at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala and converted it into BrahMos Aerospace Trivandrum Limited[3] which made it into the second missile making unit for a world-class missile facility with system integration and testing.[4][5]

At present the Defence Research and Development Organisation is planning to set up a third production centre in Nagpur in Maharashtra.[6]

Aim and objective[edit]

The aim of the agreement and formation of a joint company was to design, develop, manufacture and market the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile system.

Organisation and leadership[edit]


  1. ^ a b "MTCR benefit: India, Russia to develop 600-km range cruise missiles that can cover entire Pakistan". The Economic Times. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "BrahMos missile with higher range: This 'killer' India-Russia project will scare Pakistan and China". The Financial Express (India). Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "About BrahMos Aerospace Trivandrum Limited". BrahMos Aerospace Trivandrum Limited. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Missile man of India Sivathanu Pillai describes BrahMos plans". The Hindu. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "BrahMos takes over KELTEC". The Hindu. 6 December 2007. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "3rd BrahMos centre in Nagpur". Deccan Chronicle. July 6, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 

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