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Possible Exports of BrahMos To South East Asia

Published May 20, 2019
Updated Apr 16, 2020

BrahMos Aerospace showcased the BrahMos Supersonic Missile at the International Maritime Defence Exhibition Asia 2019 (IMDEX Asia 2019) held in mid May.

The missile was on display along with Akash SAM (Surface to Air Missile).

This has raised some speculation that some South East Asian countries such as Vietnam may be interested in purchasing the missiles from India.

India and Vietnam have held talks on the sales of the BrahMos for some time now.

Some reports indicate that Malaysia and Indonesia may also be looking at the BrahMos being a cheaper option to the Western missiles in the same profile but much lesser potential.

The acquisition of these missiles may shift the balance in the South China Sea with the South East Asian countries having a dispute with China able to adopt an Anti Access, Area Denial posture to protect sovereignty of their disputed island territories.

BrahMos, the formidable supersonic cruise missile with indigenous seeker was successfully flight tested at 0842 hrs on Mar 23, 2018 at the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The supersonic cruise missile and the seeker was developed jointly by DRDO and BrahMos Aerospace.

The precision strike weapon with indigenous seeker flew in its designated trajectory and hit the pre-set target. The flight test was conducted by the scientists of DRDO and BrahMos along with the Indian Army.

The L&T recently delivered 100th transport launch canister for BRAHMOS Missile recently

IMDEX Asia 2019 was an appropriate venue for showcasing the BrahMos. As  per Mr Vincent Chong, Chairman, Experia Events Pte Ltd, IMDEX Asia has evolved to become a strategic ecosystem of importance and relevance in the maritime domain.

This is evidenced by the presence of 26 chiefs of defence forces and navies, vice chiefs, directors-general of coast guards; and senior naval officials who have set aside time to network and strengthen ties, share and exchange knowledge, and keep abreast of the latest technological developments at IMDEX Asia 2019 he says in his remarks on the website of the event.

At the heart of IMDEX Asia is the International Maritime Security Council (IMSC) which brings together more than 400 top-level officials from over 40 countries for conversations to promote mutual understanding and collaboration in Asia Pacific.

On the commercial side, two business forums will expand the conversations in cybersecurity and innovation in the maritime domain. Together with 25 warships from 15 navies, and 236 participating companies showcasing their latest technologies, IMDEX Asia 2019 is certainly a hallmark of commitment towards our common goal to promote safe and secure seas and ensure mutual peace and security for all of us.

This year, two inaugural programmes: the What’s Next start-up showcase brings exciting new ideas and technologies developed by start-ups from France, India, Philippines, Singapore and the United States were introduced.

The Maritime Campus, on the other hand, is a holistic programme that educates and prepares the next generation of mariners through a showcase of higher education and career opportunities in the arena.

33 navies from around the world including 16 navy chiefs and 17 navies with their representatives and 6 coast guards and maritime agencies including 4 director generals and 2 representatives are participating in IMDEX 2019.