Pune: Supersonic cruise missile Brahmos has taken an exemplary lead in the Central government’s ‘Make in India’ project. L&T Defence has successfully completed the design and prototype realisation of the ‘Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher’ (QCIL) for the Brahmos missile.
Jayant Patil, Director (Defence) of L&T, handed over the product to Sudhir Mishra, Director General (Brahmos), DRDO and CEO & MD, Brahmos Aerospace, on Saturday at the L&T Talegaon plant.
The quad launcher is designed to launch Brahmos supersonic cruise missiles in an inclined configuration on-board Indian Naval ships. The launcher provides superior firepower as compared to the twin canister, deck-mounted launchers and has capability to support and launch four missiles in a single or salvo mode. The new quad launcher is suitable for warships, which have space constraints in accommodating a vertical launch module.
During the handover ceremony, Jayant Patil said, “We have been associated with the development of Brahmos missiles since 2000, when as part of the composite team led by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), we engaged with the Russian Federation and embarked on this vast project. As partners of all variants of naval missile launchers for Brahmos, we took up to the design of the unique quad launcher and realised the prototype in 18 months.”
“Even after 20 years, Brahmos is a challenge in terms of its capabilities for any nation in the world. L&T will now take up bulk production of the quad launchers,” Patil said. The quad launcher for Brahmos has been sanctioned for 18-20 ships till now, he added.
Dr Sudhir Mishra said, “Brahmos aerospace practises ‘Design-in-India’, the next level of ‘Make-in-India’, which has resulted in the establishment of consortium of over 200 industries involved in the design, development, testing and production of various systems and sub-systems for the universal Brahmos missile and its various ground, air and sea-based systems.”