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India delivers first batch of BrahMos Cruise Missiles to the Phil-ippines


Why is it in the news?

  • In accordance with a USD 375 million agreement signed in 2022, India supplied the first batch of BrahMos Cruise Missiles to the Philippines, marking a significant development in defence exports.

Defence Exports of India

  • India recently delivered two Dornier 228 aircraft to Guyana, extending export linkages to Caribbean nations, showcasing a notable advancement in Indian defence exports.
  • India is presently exporting military hardware to approximately 85 countries, with major export items including missiles, artillery guns, rockets, and armoured vehicles.
  • In FY 2023-24, India’s defence exports reached an all-time high of Rs. 21,083 crores, underlining the growing prowess of the Indian defence industry in the global market.
  • Key Opportunities: Defence exports provide strategic leverage, bolstering relationships with partner nations, while also enhancing self-reliance in defence through the expansion of domestic manufacturing capabilities.
  • Key Challenges: Delays in export clearances have been identified as a significant challenge, impacting the competitiveness of Indian defence products. Additionally, historical perceptions of inconsistency in product quality pose hurdles.

Initiatives:

  • The Draft Defence Production & Export Promotion Policy with the goal of achieving a turnover of Rs 1,75,000 crore ($25 billion) in the defence sector.
  • Simplification of export procedures has been facilitated through platforms like India Defence Mart, an online portal for export license applications and tracking.
  • Other Initiatives: Additional initiatives include the Scheme for Promotion of Defence Exports (SPDE), Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX), and the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP 2020), aimed at promoting and streamlining defence exports.
About BrahMos Missile

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 BrahMos Missile was developed under a joint venture agreement between India and Russia.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It is a two-stage supersonic cruise missile, capable of traveling at speeds of around 2-3 Mach.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The missile is propelled by jet engines.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 BrahMos operates on the “Fire and Forget” principle, meaning once it is launched, it requires no further guidance and can autonomously navigate towards its target.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 It boasts a long flight range of 290 kilometres, enabling it to engage targets at considerable distances.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 BrahMos Missile is capable of executing various flight trajectories, providing flexibility in engaging different types of targets.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The missile is designed to have a low radar signature, making it difficult for enemy radar systems to detect and track, enhancing its stealth capabilities.

 

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