NEW DELHI, January 21. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu during an official visit to India on Wednesday visited the Russian-Indian joint defense enterprise BrahMos Aerospace Limited where he saw a presentation of the plant’s rocket equipment.
The Russian minister saw, in particular, a self-propelled launcher with three BrahMos missiles mounted on it and the control system using satellite data for engaging targets, and computing the flight path. The plant personnel also presented to Shoigu the sea-based and air-based BrahMos missile systems. The Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters of the Indian Air Force will be equipped with the air-based BrahMos missile version.
Flight tests of the BrahMos air-based missile are planned in India this March. The Russian defense minister took a particular interest in the project of new-generation BrahMos missile that is implemented at the JV. This missile will be smaller in size and weight than the existing samples, which “will make it possible to mount it on different platforms, including the fifth-generation fighter, the MiG-29K deck-based fighter and Su-30MKI fighter (each warplane will carry 5 such missiles), as well as torpedo launchers of Indian submarines.
Shoigu invited his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar to take part in the International Security Conference in Moscow.
“I invited my colleague to visit Russia this year and speak at the 4th International Security Conference in Moscow,” Shoigu said after talks with his Indian counterpart.
Ahead of his first official visit to Tehran Shoigu has extended the similar invitation to Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan.
Indian servicemen are invited to take part in the Military World Games in August, the regular Tank Biathlon Championship and the “Air Darts” competitions, Shoigu said.
India’s participation in last year’s Tank Biathlon and the Air Darts competitions as observers “became a land mark event”. “The events became an excellent platform for exchanging experience between our military specialists,” he said.
“It is necessary to thoroughly plan the exercises. Their results should bring practical benefit for increasing the combat readiness of our Armed Forces,” Shoigu said.