Russian Military Technologies, 27,02.2014
Russian-Indian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace President Sivathanu Pillai has been awarded the Russian Order of Friendship. BrahMos missiles are a bilateral project, the success of which is a result of efforts on both sides. But this is not the end of friendship, which will grow stronger, Pillai said after receiving the order from Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is co-chair of the Russian-Indian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Science, Technical and Cultural Cooperation. Rogozin said the order had been awarded to Pillai for his big contribution to the strengthening of friendship and cooperation with Russia and the development of multifaceted scientific and cultural ties. Pillai is confident that the BrahMos missile project can be considered successful only if the missiles are bought by both Russia and India. Now only India has been buying them. He said this issue is discussed at different levels and expressed hope that Russia would make a positive decision. The overall value of BrahMos missile contracts with India’s Navy, Air Force and Army has reached 4.2 billion U.S. dollars and may increase to 7.5 billion U.S. dollars by 2015. Last year, India successfully tested a BrahMos supersonic missile from an underwater platform. This was the first time that any supersonic cruise missile was launched vertically from a submerged platform. The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test fired from the Indian Navy’s newest guided missile frigate INS Tarkash off the coast of Goa in late May 2013.