Godrej Aerospace, a unit of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., today (Dec. 5) handed over the 100th set of airframe assemblies to BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. (BAPL) for use in its missile systems.
Dr. Sudhir Mishra, CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace, visited Godrej Aerospace to celebrate this landmark achievement and was handed the completion documents of the 100th BrahMos Airframe by Mr. Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce in a ceremony marking the occasion.
On this occasion Mr. Mishra also congratulated Godrej Aerospace for winning the order for 100 units of airframes for Air Launched version of BrahMos missile and start of its production.
Godrej & Boyce Chairman and Managing Director Jamshyd N. Godrej said, “Godrej and BrahMos have been partners for 17 momentous years. Over that time, we have taken great pride in doing our bit for nation-building through our contribution to bolstering India’s defense capabilities. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to hand over the completion document for the 100th set of airframe assemblies to Dr. Mishra. This is a proud moment for Godrej, Brahmos and India, and an assertion of our commitment to serve our country through technologically driven solutions and indigenous manufacturing.”
Mr. Godrej acknowledged contribution, support and guidance of DRDO & MSQAA in developing and assimilating manufacturing technologies and quality practices to establish a world class manufacturing infrastructure for one of the world’s most advanced missile. He also appreciated the contribution of the academia and Godrej’s vendors in this endeavor.
BrahMos Aerospace DS, Director General, CEO & MD Dr. Sudhir Mishra said, “Godrej over the years has made immense contribution to BrahMos and Indian defense sector. The delivery of the 100th set of combat worthy missile airframes marks another milestone in our long relationship. Going forward, I am confident our partnership will continue to set new benchmarks and serve as inspirational role model for indigenous development and production of sophisticated weapon systems.”
The BrahMos missile is a stealth universal supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from ships, submarines, aircraft and land based platforms. It can be used for precision strike to destroy targets on land and sea.
Godrej Aerospace has been associated with BrahMos programme since its inception in 2001. Godrej is a dominant contributor manufacturing most of the metallic sub systems in the BrahMos missile. Besides the main airframe, Godrej supplies control surfaces and nose cap. Godrej also supplies the Mobile Autonomous Launchers, Missile Replenishing Vehicles for the land launched versions.
BrahMos is an Indo-Russian short-range ramjet-powered supersonic cruise missile based on the Russian P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM).
The BrahMos is designed and developed by BrahMos Aerospace, a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) and Russia’s Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM).
It is the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation, travelling at speeds of 3,400-3,700 kmph (Mach 2.8 to 3.0). The range of the missile was earlier capped at 290 km as India was not a member of Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
It carries a conventional warhead weighing 200 – 300 kilos. It can cruise at an altitude as high as 15 km and as low as 10 m above the ground and maintains supersonic speed (more than 1 km per second) throughout the duration of its flight. Once the BrahMos missile is fired, it doesn’t need any further guidance from a control center. This makes it a ‘Fire and Forget’ missile.
The BrahMos missile is highly versatile and can be launched from positions on land, in air or water to seek and destroy targets on land and on water. It’s sheer speed makes it a highly lethal weapon. Its pinpoint accuracy helps minimise collateral damage.
The first successful launch of a BrahMos missile took place on June 12th, 2001 from a land based launcher at the interim test range off the Chandipur coast of Orissa.
India and Russia are now planning to jointly develop a new generation of Brahmos missiles with 600 km-plus range as India became a member of the MTCR in 2016. The missile is claimed to be having the ability to hit protected targets with pinpoint accuracy. The upgrade will also be applied to all existing BrahMos missiles.
India conducted the maiden test firing of the extended-range variant of the BrahMos missile on 11 March 2017. The missile was successfully fired from launch complex– III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur
The three-ton missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land-based platforms. The land-launched and ship-launched versions are already in service, with the air and submarine-launched versions currently in the testing phase.
A hypersonic version of the missile, BrahMos-II, is also presently under development with a speed of Mach 7-8 to boost aerial fast strike capability. It is expected to be ready for testing by 2017.
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