India and Russia would jointly build new weapon systems using the experience gained in designing the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said here on Tuesday.
"BrahMos has established a new way of country-to-country cooperation that we're going to use in future in designing new weapon systems," he said. "System design, system development, system production and system marketing have all been integrated in this great programme, which has come through successfully."
Mr. Kalam made these comments after visiting NPO Mashinostoyeniye, a leading Russian designer of missiles and space systems.
In 1998, the Defence Research and Development Organisation and NPO Mashinostroyeniye had set up a joint venture to develop a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile, christened BrahMos.
"It is a unique world-class missile; there are no other such missiles anywhere," he said. "There is a good market for BrahMos and our two countries are going to aggressively market it."
This was Mr. Kalam's fourth visit to NPO Mashinostroyeniye since 1991. He negotiated and signed agreements to jointly develop the BrahMos missile, which is truly his brainchild. "NPO Mashinostroyeniye people are all my friends and our friendship is based on rocket technologies," he said.
"They have done a great job and I have come to congratulate the NPO team and the Indian team on creating this unique missile."