The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract with BrahMos Aerospace to purchase more BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs).

Awarded under the ‘Buy Indian’ category, the contract has an estimated value of $213.36m (INR17bn).

Acquisition of the dual-role capable BrahMos SSMs is expected to bolster the Indian Navy fleet’s operational capability.

According to the Indian MoD, the latest signing has further boosted the government of India’s ‘AatmaNirbharta’ efforts in terms of defence production.

It will also promote the indigenous production of various ammunition and critical weapon systems that are required by the Indian forces.  

BrahMos is a two-stage, supersonic cruise missile, which can attain a speed of up to Mach 3, with a flight range of maximum 290km.

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It operates on the ‘fire and forget’ principle and has a cruising altitude of up to 15km.

Since 2005, the Indian Navy has been using the supersonic missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft as well as from the land.

In January this year, the BrahMos extended range missile was test fired aboard an Indian Navy’s Visakhapatnam-class destroyer, INS Visakhapatnam. Another test was carried out in the Indian Ocean in March.

Conducted aboard the Kolkata-class stealth guided missile destroyer INS Chennai, the test involved assessing Brahmos land attack missile’s ability to strike land targets away from sea.

BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture (JV) between NPO Mashinostroeyenia, Russia and Defence Research and Development Organisation in India.

The JV is responsible for providing new generation of SSMs to India, with improved range and dual role capability for both land as well as anti-ship threats.