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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is in talks with Armenia for the potential sale of missile systems, following the successful conclusion of deals for Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launchers and ATAGS artillery guns earlier this year.

While DRDO officials have not publicly confirmed the specific missile types being offered to Armenia, People familiar with the matter told that India is keen on providing the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile and the Pralay Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM).

Both the BrahMos and Pralay are key components of India’s planned Rocket Force, a concept championed by the late General Bipin Rawat, former Chief of Defence Staff. Both missiles are also available for export, with the Philippines having already placed the first international order for the BrahMos.

The Pralay missile, capable of engaging targets at a range of 150-500 kilometers, was specifically developed to meet the Indian Army’s requirement for a tactical conventional missile for battlefield use. It is likely that both the BrahMos and Pralay offered to Armenia will have their ranges capped at 300 kilometers in accordance with the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) export control regulations.

Potential Missiles on Offer:

  • BrahMos Cruise Missile: This supersonic cruise missile boasts a range of up to 290 km and is capable of carrying a conventional warhead of up to 300 kg. Its speed and precision make it a potent weapon against land and sea-based targets.
  • Pralay SRBM: This canisterized missile, with a range of 150-500 km, was developed to meet the Army’s requirement for a tactical, conventional missile system for battlefield use. Its mobility and flexibility offer significant advantages in dynamic combat scenarios.

A potential missile deal with Armenia represents a significant step forward for India’s defense exports and its strategic partnership with the country. It would also mark a major success for the DRDO, showcasing its capabilities in developing advanced missile systems.

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