THAILAND TALKS WITH INDIA FOR BRAHMOS MISSILE
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India and Thailand are stepping up military cooperation, with a tri-lateral naval exercise planned later this year and advanced talks on for the acquisition of Brahmos cruise missiles and other indigenous weapon systems.
- Among with few other countries who expressed interest in BrahMos, Thailand showed interest in purchasing of the missile, but nothing has fructified yet.
- Among the two countries India and Thailand, Negotiations are on. It may not happen this year, but most likely next year, the officials said.
- As part of the expanding defence cooperation between the two countries, Thailand has made a request for repair and refurbishing their Dornier maritime patrol aircraft.
- In addition, Thailand Navy is looking to increase its capabilities and planning to induct more ships. In this, Indian Navy is looking to help them out.
- The Indian Navy’s foreign cooperation initiatives include highlighting the capability of various Defence Public Sector Undertakings and Indian defence industry to friendly foreign navies.
- Discussions are on to integrate Thailand into India’s coastal surveillance radar chain network which sources is “likely to be finalised by year end.”
Planned Trilateral Exercise:
- The inaugural India, Thailand and Singapore trilateral naval exercise announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address at Shangri-La dialogue in June 2018 is scheduled to be held later this year.
- Finalizing the exercise got delayed and it got a push during the visit of Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba to Thailand in April.
- India will host the first edition of the exercise in September this year. And Singapore will host the second edition and Thailand the third.
- The Initial Planning Conference to discuss the modalities of the exercise was held in May and the Final Planning Conference to finalise the details is scheduled to be held in August.
- A new bilateral exercise is also in the works apart from the trilateral.
- The name BrahMos is formed from names of two rivers i.e. Indian river Brahmaputra and the Moskva River of Russia.
- It is often described as the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile.
- It is a Supersonic cruise missile with the speed of Mach 3.
- It is a It is a 2.5 ton missile and operates on fire and forget principle.
- Capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against sea and land targets.
- The medium-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile has a strike range of about 290 km.
- In modern-day complex battlefields, Brahmos has established itself as a major force multiplier with its impeccable land-attack, anti-ship capabilities.
- In the month of May 2019, The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully fired aerial version of supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft.
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