Ahead of Putin's visit, purchase of air-launched Brahmos cleared

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 16:20 hrs

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) Thursday cleared proposals worth over Rs.8,000 crore for procuring cutting-edge military hardware from Russia.

The proposals included procuring around 10,000 'Invar' missiles from Russia for the Army's T-90 tanks and over 200 air-launched versions of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for the Indian Air Force, sources in the defence ministry said.

The CCS meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The air-launched version of Brahmos missiles will be integrated on modified Russian-origin Su-30MKI fighter jets of the Indian Air Force.

Apart from the purchase of around 10,000 Invar missiles from Russia, there will be an agreement for licensed-production of 15,000 missiles by the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).

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