Steaming past the delay in transfer of land for its expansion, BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) is set to turn over a new leaf with the commissioning of its missile integration complex, the second of BrahMos after Hyderabad.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony is slated to formally launch the integration complex at BATL in Chaka at an internal event on November 14. The foundation for the much-awaited Phase-II expansion of BATL will also be laid on the occasion.
Nagpur, where the missile’s warhead integration takes place, is in line to get the third production line of the Indo-Russian missile.
Defence sources told The Hindu that a 10-member team from BATL was trained to do the integration of the missile at BATL under the supervision of a 10-member expert team from BrahMos, Hyderabad. Once the work gathers momentum, more people will be trained to carry out the job. Initially, BATL will rely a great deal on outside industries for components for integration at the complex. However, with its proven capability to produce the missile’s metallic components, container, and key assemblies, the company will eventually make a switch to volume production of the missile, minus the propellant and warhead.
The design and development, including the test facility, of the BrahMos airborne launcher placed the company at par with the best in the sector. The roadmap it has set for self-reliance suggests quantity production, and integration of the missile without external assistance will start from April 2014, after which it will be able to roll out 12 missiles a year.