`BrahMos` attracts attention at Malaysian defence expo
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 21:02
Kuala Lumpur: 'BrahMos', the world's only supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia, is attracting huge interest from potential customers, including Malaysia, at an ongoing defence exhibition here.

At the four-day Defence Services Asia (DSA-2010) exhibition, Malaysian Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Bin Hamidi was briefed by BrahMos Aerospace chief A S Pillai.

Pillai briefed Hamidi on the various capabilities of BrahMos system and its installation on ships, road mobile platforms, submarine and aircraft, BrahMos officials said.

"BrahMos Weapon System is attracting attention and huge interest from the Malaysian armed forces. Malaysian Navy chief Admiral Abdul Aziz Zafar has shown interest in the installation details and configuration," they added.

Malaysia is on a look out for weapon systems for deploying them on its Meko A100 Kedah class ships and has also placed orders for SU-30MKM fighter jets, which will be used for fitting the air launched version of BrahMos, with Russia.

Various friendly countries including Vietnam, Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand and Oman have shown interest in BrahMos, company officials said in a statement.

India has already deployed the missile on several of its ships and it is working on the air-launched version of the cruise missile, which will be fitted on Indian Su-30MKIs.

India and Malaysia have a several common equipment in their defence inventory. India is also likely to help Malaysia to train its pilots on their version of Su-30 combat jets.

The two countries have opted for the same Scorpene class submarines as their future underwater fleet and are expected to closely cooperate in maintaining the vessels.

India and Russia have agreed to export 'BrahMos' to friendly foreign countries and are in talks with many of them for future sales.


First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 21:02

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