India’s private-sector defence manufacturer Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has developed a launcher prototype for the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile for fitment onto frontline Indian Navy (IN) warships.
L&T said in a statement that the Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher (QCIL) that was handed over on 7 May to BrahMos Aerospace - a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) - following “rigourous trials” has been designed to launch up to four BrahMos missiles in an inclined configuration in single or salvo mode.
Developed in 18 months by L&T in collaboration with BrahMos Aerospace, the QCIL is meant to be fitted on warships unable to accommodate a vertical launch module system due to space constraints, said the company.
BrahMos Aerospace managing director Sudhir Mishra told the Press Trust of India that the new development could allow up to eight missiles (four on the right and four on the left side of the ship) to be launched simultaneously. He also pointed out that although the IN has yet to place any orders for the QCIL, the company has begun investing in “technology, knowledge, and future business”.
The latter involves the possible export of the BrahMos and QCIL to various countries that have expressed an interest in the missile system, Mishra stated.
Mishra also said that 85% of the components of the two-stage BrahMos, which currently has a range of 292 km, will soon be made in India.
The missile system was test-fired in March fitted with an indigenously developed seeker, and over the next two months the missile is expected to be tested featuring a locally designed booster to replace the one currently being supplied by NPOM.
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