India Expands BrahMos Supersonic Missile Production

July 12, 2018

The Diplomat:

Indian defense firm Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has inaugurated a new production line for BrahMos transport launch canisters (TLC) in Vadodara in the western state of Gujarat, India, the company announced on July 7.

The new facility manufactures airframes and TLCs for the land- and sea-launched variants of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile. The new production line is L&T’s second BrahMos facility, with a third currently under construction in the southern city of Coimbatore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

L&T’s announcement indicates a push by the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) to secure the uninterrupted serial production of one of India’s most advanced weapons systems, a joint venture between India’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) and Russian rocket design bureau NPO Mashinostroyeniya,

The two-stage BrahMos missile — named after the Brahmaputra River in India and the Moskva River in Russia – is a derivative of the Russian-made P-800 Oniks over-the-horizon supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.

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