NEW DELHI: In an attempt to increase its firepower warships, Indian Navy proposed to purchase 38 extended ranges BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles that could hit targets about 450 kilometers away.
The rockets will be mounted on the sub-construction Vishakhapatnam Indian Navy class warships to join active service in the near future.
“A $ 1.8 billion proposal to purchase 38 BrahMos long-range supersonic cruise missiles is in the Ministry of Defense and is expected to be approved soon,” government sources told ANI.
BrahMos is said to be the main strike weapon of warships and is already installed on several warships of the maritime force.
The Indian Navy also conducted test fire on the Brahmos missile on its warship INS Chennai to show its ability to hit targets at distances of more than 400 km in the high seas.
India is also working to find export markets for the supersonic cruise missile, which has been largely indigenized by DRDO in its PJ project 10.
After the launch of the association between India and Russia in the late 1990s, the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile became a powerful weapon for all three armed forces that use them for different roles.