Staff Reporter

Work has started for universal missile launcher

First missile will roll out in two years

KOCHI: BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Limited (BATL) is going to partner the Atomic Energy Department in the development of precision robotic systems and manipulators for nuclear reactors, A. Sivathanu Pillai, BrahMos Chief Executive and Managing Director, has said.

Hailing the contribution of BATL to Nuclear, Defence and Space Departments at a workshop here on Thursday, he said BrahMos had worked wonders and manufactured components for strategic missiles, like boosters for the surface-to-surface Shaurya missile.

“We are making robotic manipulators for nuclear reactors.

We have also contributed to Light Combat Aircraft Tejas besides some requirements of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited by making products for aero engine.”

“At BATL, work has started for the universal missile launcher. The parts required for BrahMos air launch, the airframes and many components are coming from Kerala-based industries. With this, there will be a networking of small industries. We hope there will be good contribution from Kerala for the BrahMos programme.”

The first missile will roll out from Thiruvananthapuram in two years.

MoU

BATL will sign a memorandum of understanding with Indian Space Research Organisation for a separate launch vehicle integration line to come up in a 50-acre facility by 2013. “With this, the business volume expected is Rs. 1,000 crore. This will provide employment to an additional 500 people,” he said.

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