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Atul Dinkar Rane, CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace, highlighted the potential for future orders of the Air-Launched BrahMos missile from Russia, citing the absence of an equivalent system in their arsenal. According to Rane, the Air-Launched BrahMos represents a significant advancement and possesses unique capabilities that make it an attractive option for export.

Its unmatched performance and technological superiority position it as a game-changer in the global arms market. Despite the admiration expressed by the Russian Air Force for the BrahMos Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM), no export agreements have been finalized thus far.

The Air-Launched BrahMos was developed indigenously in India, with the integration and strengthening of the Su-30MKI aircraft’s fuselage carried out by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) without Russian assistance.

Rane acknowledged that the current geopolitical situation might pose challenges for exporting Indian weapon systems to Russia. The ongoing conflict and strained relations between Russia and certain countries limit the likelihood of immediate exports. Nevertheless, Rane speculated that post-war, Russia might reevaluate the potential of the BrahMos ALCM, especially as the Mig-31, the sole Russian aircraft capable of launching a near-hypersonic ALCM, nears its retirement.

The BrahMos ALCM represents a significant technological achievement, combining the expertise and capabilities of both India and Russia. The successful integration of the missile with the Su-30MKI showcases the collaborative efforts of Indian and Russian defence entities. The weapon’s supersonic speed and precision strike capabilities make it a valuable asset for any air force seeking enhanced offensive capabilities.

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