Indian company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has inaugurated a new production line to support the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile, the company announced on 7 July.
The facility, which is based in Vadodara in the western state of state of Gujarat, manufactures two different types of canisters to store, transport, and launch the BrahMos missile system, said L&T.
The new production line is L&T’s second BrahMos facility. The company also produces composite airframes for the missile system at its site in Vadodara.
In addition, L&T has been involved in developing and producing BrahMos launchers and fire-control systems and is investing in developing another composites facility in the southern city of Coimbatore, which will also support the BrahMos missile.
In May L&T also announced that it had developed a new launcher prototype for the BrahMos. The company said its Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher (QCIL) has been developed to launch up to four BrahMos missiles in an inclined configuration in single or salvo mode.
Developed by L&T in collaboration with the manufacturer of the missile, BrahMos Aerospace, the QCIL is designed to be fitted on warships unable to accommodate a vertical-launch module system due to space constraints, said the company.
BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM). The company was established through an inter-government agreement signed in 1998.
First tested in mid-2001, the BrahMos has been designed to be launched from land-based mobile platforms, ships, aircraft, and submarines.
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