Launch of Brahmos from air platform by 2009: Pillai

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Kochi, Dec 12 (UNI) Brahmos Aerospace Limited Chief Executive Officer (CEO) A Shivathanu Pillai today said the development of technology to launch Brahmos supersonic cruise missile from an air platform would be completed by 2009.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of 'International Symposium on Ocean Electronics' here, Dr Pillai said, ''the development of the missile, which will be of reduced size, for the launch from Sukhoi-30 was almost over and the integration process with the aircraft will be completed by 2009.'' He said the development work for the launch of Brahmos from submarine was also completed and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) was presently working with the Navy for a suitable platform.

''The DRDO, Indian Navy and other related industries are working together to develop and install the indigenous system in the naval fleet,'' he said.

He said the DRDO was working with other industries to manufacture indigenous systems for anti-submarine warships to be constructed by the Indian Navy.

''The submarines are being fitted with effective multiple sonar systems developed by the DRDO, which would help in obstacle avoidance and underwater communication,'' Dr Pillai said.

He said National Physical and Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL) was developing a low frequency sonar system for the aircraft and copters in the Navy for reconnaissance purposes.

''The DRDO has developed 'homing device' for torpedoes and mastered the technology to manufacture light-weight torpedoes, which could be fired from a ship or helicopter,'' he said.

He said the development work for the construction of heavy-weight torpedoes was progressing.

Stressing the importance of unmanned underwater vehicles, Dr Pillai said the Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL) had launched a major programme for the development of these vehicles.

He said the DRDO was also giving utmost importance to the development of smaller material and components of smaller size, Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS).

He said to strengthen the sea surveillance, 'sea bed array' was also being developed by the DRDO.

Dr Pillai said a new technology in underwater painting had been developed, which would help to paint the ships in water itself.

Earlier, Dr Pillai inaugurated the symposium and urged the Department of Electronics to work in tandem with the DRDO for research in the field.


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