BrahMos Aerospace was formed as a joint venture between Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and Joint Stock Company “Military Industrial Consortium” “NPO Mashinostroyenia” (earlier known as Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPOM of Russia). The company was established in India through an Inter-Governmental Agreement signed on February 12, 1998, between The Republic of India and The Russian Federation.
BrahMos - the name represents the fury of Brahmaputra and the grace of Moskva rivers. The company was established with an authorised capital of $250 million with 50.5% from Indian side and 49.5% from Russian side. The company is responsible for designing, developing, producing and marketing the BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile with active participation of a consortium of Indian and Russian industries.
The collaboration was made possible by sharing technological strength of both partners - DRDO and NPOM. DRDO had developed crucial systems like inertial navigation systems, mission software, mobile launchers for Prithvi and Agni missiles. NPOM had expertise in the area of ramjet engines together with a number of technologies for space systems, launch vehicles and cruise missiles. Thus, the combination of the capabilities and competencies of both institutions gave birth to a world class product - BRAHMOS, in a short time.
The Joint Venture Company has become a role model by integrating public-private industries from India and Russia as a consortium of “Missile Industry Complex.” It has penetrated the international market with the most potent weapon system for precision strike and a Force Multiplier in Network Centric Warfare. The company is a commendable paradigm of seamless integration and rapid development of high technology defence products in the world market.
The success of BrahMos has emerged due to the shared vision of leaders of both the countries to create common culture and strategic relationship.