While 5th December may have been a washout day for the city and many parts of coastal India, it was a golden one for the team at Godrej Aerospace. They delivered the 100th set of airframe assemblies to BrahMos Aerospace Pvt. Ltd. ( BAPL) for use in its missile systems. Another feather in the Godrej group’s cap as they continue to make the company proud and contribute towards building India’sdefencee capabilities.
The BrahMos missile is a stealth universal supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from ships, submarines, aircraft and land-based platforms. (see more details below.) Godrej Aerospace has been associated with BrahMos programme since its inception in 2001. Godrej is a dominant contributor, manufacturing most of the metallic subsystems in the BrahMos missile. Besides the main airframe, Godrej supplies control surfaces and nose cap. Godrej also supplies the Mobile Autonomous Launchers, Missile Replenishing Vehicles for the land launched versions.
The team at Godrej invited a select list of bloggers to be a part of this landmark event and to share the big news with our respective audiences.
This prestigious occasion witnessed Dr Sudhir Mishra, Distinguished Scientist & Director General (BrahMos), CEO & MD BrahMos Aerospace who visited Godrej Aerospace to celebrate this landmark achievement. Dr Mishra was presented with the completion documents of the 100th BrahMos Airframe by none other than Mr Jamshyd N. Godrej himself, Chairman and Managing Director, Godrej & Boyce.
In return, Dr Mishra congratulated Godrej Aerospace for winning the order for 100 units of airframes for Air Launched version of the BrahMos missile and flagged the start of its production. A proud moment indeed. He said
“Godrej over the years has mad an immense contribution to BrahMos and Indian defence sector. The delivery of the 100th set of combat worthy missile airframes marks another milestone in our long relationship. Going forward, I am confident our partnership will continue to set new benchmarks and serve as inspirational role model for indigenous development and production of sophisticated weapon systems.”
Mr Jamshyd N. Godrej, in turn, acknowledged the contribution, support and guidance of DRDO & MSQAA in developing and assimilating manufacturing technologies and quality practices to establish a world-class manufacturing infrastructure for one of the world’s most advanced missile. He also appreciated the contribution of the academia and Godrej’s vendors in this endeavour.
Some facts about Brahmos
The BrahMos missile is a supersonic cruise missile with a flight range of up to290 km. It carries a conventional warhead weighing around 300 kilos. It can cruise at an altitude ranging from 10 metres above the ground to 15 km and maintains supersonic speed (more than 1 km per second) throughout the duration of its flight. Once the BrahMos missile is fired, it doesn’t need any further guidance from a control centre. This makes it a ‘Fire and Forget’ missile.
The BrahMos missile is highly versatile and can be launched from positions on land, in air or water to seek and destroy targets on land and on water. Its sheer speed makes it a highly lethal weapon. Its pinpoint accuracy helps minimise collateral damage.
The first successful launch of a BrahMos missile took place on June 12th, 2001 from a land-based launcher at the interim test range in Orissa.