BRAHMOS BE DEPLOYED FOR MARITIME COASTAL DEFENCE
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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared acquisition approved the procurement of a Software Defined Radio (SDR) and the Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCB) for the Navy.
- To give a boost to indigenization, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, accorded approval for procurement of indigenous Software Defined Radio (SDR Tactical) and Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCB – Long Range) for the Indian Navy.
- This was the first DAC meeting chaired by Rajnath Singh since assuming office in June’19.
- Both these indigenously developed equipment (SDR communication system and NGMMCB) are of the latest generation and would give a fillip to the Make in India initiative of the government.
SDR Communication System:
The indigenously designed SDR communication system which has been developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Weapons Electronics System Engineering Establishment (WESEE).
- Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (Long Range) would be fitted with supersonic BrahMos surface-to-surface cruise missiles and would be deployed along the coast. The NGMMCB has been developed and manufactured in India by Indo-Russia joint venture company M/s BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.
- The DAC also approved amendments to the Defence Procurement Procedure 2016 to continuing its focus on ‘ease of business’ in the Defence acquisition.
- The BrahMos is a ramjet supersonic cruise missile of a short-range developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia.
- It is capable of being launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and marine targets.
- The technology used in this joint venture is based on Russian cruise missile (sea skimming) and the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile.
- The cruise missile derives its name from portmanteau formed from the names of the river Brahmaputra of India and the river Moskva of Russia.
- BrahMos travels at the speed of 2.8 to 3.0 Mach making it world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile that is currently in operation.
- It operates on fire and forget principal.
- Carrying capacity : 300 Kg (both conventional and nuclear).
- Max Range : 290 Km. Its range was extended to 450 km and plan is to increase it to 600km.
- It is two-stage missile, the first one being solid and the second one ramjet liquid propellant.
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