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From BrahMos to MOM: Behind India's tech triumphs

Posted: 03 Oct 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mangalyaan  MOM  BrahMos  space mission 

Looking towards the future

BrahMos missiles are installed in almost all the Indian Navy ships and several regiments of the army, and they undergo upgrades every year. "There are different versions, and today we are in the process of making the fourth version," Pillai said. "We have also started work on the hypersonic programme, where we are looking at wanting to move from a speed of Mach 3 to Mach 7. A couple of countries have worked on hypersonic and have done flight tests, but they have failed, and there is a move to stop their work on hypersonic projects. But we are steadily working towards it."

India has come a long way from the 1990s, when it started this unique joint venture with Russia. There are several strategic friendship agreements relating to defence, including those with the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Israel. "What we have done is to create a role model with BrahMos. Now, instead of buying astronomically high-priced defence equipment, if we can develop technology through collaboration, we would be taking a big step to improvement."

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the United States has just reinforced these collaborations in defence, science and technology. The one subject that was the talking point in all the interactions, from President Obama to U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, was pure technology.

Incidentally, after the Modi's visit, the two countries are expected to sign an agreement on launching a joint radar satellite mission, among other initiatives related to energy, manufacturing, health and education that are opening new opportunities for partnership.

- Sufia Tippu
  EE Times

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