Delhi: India is buying 35 BrahMos missiles for the Navy. The missiles are being purchased as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat project at a cost of Rs. 1700 crore. The Ministry of Defense on Thursday signed an agreement with BrahMos Aerospace for the purchase of the missile. BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India and Russia.
The contract signed between the Ministry of Home Affairs and BrahMos Aerospace calls for deliveries of 35 combat missiles and three practice BrahMos missiles for two Project 15B ships. The Indian Navy commissioned its first warship in Mumbai in November last year. Following this, INS Visakhapatnam also successfully test-fired an upgraded version of the BrahMos cruise missile. Another successful test firing was conducted on February 18 this year.
Currently, the Ministry of Home Affairs plans to induct a total of four ships under the Visakhapatnam class. The new warships will arrive at Visakhapatnam, Mormugao, Imphal, and Surat. Meanwhile, the Navy's warship Morugao completed its first sea trial. Morugawayo is also likely to be inducted into the force soon. 35,800 crore contract was signed in 2011 for the construction of four ships. Earlier this month, the Indian Navy commissioned its first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, in Kochi.