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India places dlrs 2 billion Brahmos missile order: report

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Aug 20, IRNA

India-Missile Orders-Brahmos

India has placed orders for missiles worth two billion dollars with Russian-Indian military joint venture Brahmos.

The total order book for the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile, including supplies to other countries, could reach dlrs 10 billion, Zeenews portal reported quoting firm's managing director, Sivathanu Pillai.

A senior defense official in India, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said the deal was part of a long-term agreement between Brahmos and the Indian military.

"We are looking to place more orders in future, but at the moment there is nothing new to share," he said.

The missile has a range of up to 290 km and can travel at speeds of up to 2.8 times the speed of sound, according to Interfax.

Brahmos could not be reached for comment.

The joint Russian-Indian development of the Brahmos missile, named after India's Brahmaputra river and Russia's Moscow river, is part of growing military co-operation between the countries.

India, with the world's fourth largest military, plans to spend dlrs 30 billion on imports over the next four years to modernize its largely Soviet-era arms and assert its military power in South Asia.

An Indian defense spokesman said separately that India and Russia signed agreements on Tuesday to upgrade tanks and fighter jets India bought from Russia over the years.

To overhaul its inventory of ageing fighter aircraft, it wants to buy 126 new multi-role jets, with the dlrs 10 billion outlay likely to be spread over several years.

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