NEW DELHI — Russia will begin taking delivery of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile being built in India as a joint Indo-Russian venture. The decision followed a July 17 meeting here between visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogoz and Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Indian Defence Ministry sources said.
Dmitry also visited the BrahMos complex in New Delhi, where he was briefed about the capabilities of the different varieties of the BrahMos, which has been inducted in the Indian Navy and land forces. However, the BrahMos missile has still to be inducted in the Russian Navy.
The 290-kilometer-range BrahMos was conceived as a joint venture between India and Russia in 1998. The air version of the BrahMos is still in the development stage.
During his talks with Rogoz, Antony also asked the Russians to keep to the delivery schedule of the aircraft carrier Vikramaditya, formerly the Admiral Gorshokov, which is now on sea trials after a refit at Russian shipyards and is now expected to reach India by July 2013. The delivery of the aircraft carrier is already three years late.