India is pressing Russia to speed up the process of inducting the BrahMos anti-ship cruise missile, in its Armed Forces, before launching its marketing in third countries.
“Some countries have shown interest in the BrahMos missiles. But before their marketing is launched, they should be inducted in the countries of their production,” Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters after his visit to the NPOM Mashinosctroenia, outside Moscow, on Thursday.
“There is no problem from our side, in their induction. But Russian laws require to be amended for their induction into the armed forces,” Mukherjee said.
Mukherjee would not reveal the names of the countries, interested in the BrahMos “There are many competitors in this field and if I mention any particular country, others will approach them to buy the systems from them,” he said.
Meanwhile, an Itar Tass report quoted a Russian Defence Ministry official as saying that over 200 projects worth $19 billion were included in the Indo-Russian military and technical cooperation programme until 2010.
‘‘Transactions totalling $9 billion have been already carried out under the programme...Contracts on military deliveries, as well as other similar projects to the tune of $10 billion are being prepared,” he said.