Good tidings are in for BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) — it has embarked on its second phase of development to put in place a full-fledged missile integration complex.
The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BrahMos Aerospace that caters to product requirements in the country’s defence, aerospace and nuclear sectors, is set to land orders for production of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile’s liquid ramjet engine, thus making it the first Indian company to manufacture BrahMos engines.
“The BATL has already bagged orders worth Rs. 190 crore for various products, including Rs. 65 crore from the Indian Space Research Organisation. Given its performance, we have decided to ask it to make the entire BrahMos missile, including the nose cap, the whole of F3 [the missile section comprising airframe and fuel tank] and the ramjet engine. In effect, it will be the complete missile except the composite part and warhead. Anyway, the BATL is already making some critical airframe components of the missile such as the front docking unit and the shutter assembly,” BrahMos Chief Executive Officer A. Sivathanu Pillai told The Hindu at an interaction in New Delhi last week.
The BrahMos being an India-Russian joint venture, a transfer of technology agreement would soon be signed between the appropriate authorities of the two sides to manufacture the engine in India.
At present, the BrahMos engines are produced at Orenburg in Russia. Besides the BATL, one more Indian company would be qualified to make the missile’s engines, Mr. Pillai added.
As reported by The Hindu earlier, the BATL had received a go-ahead from the ISRO for manufacturing cryogenic engines for the GSLVs.
On the company’s phase-II, he said construction of the integration complex had begun and the Defence Research and Development Organisation released Rs. 50 crore for the purpose.
“We are interested in developing the company by placing orders on it in a phased manner and this is what I told the Chief Minister [Oommen Chandy] when I met him on October 12 and he offered us all support,” he said.
News Sourced from The Hindu