SOURCE:- :: Bharat-Rakshak.com - Indian Military News Headlines ::
Russian Navy's new Gorshkov to be armed with Brahmos
Moscow, Jun 21 (PTI) Russian Navy's new generation Gorshkov-class frigate under construction could be armed with the Indo-Russian BrahMos cruise missiles, boosting the opportunities for the global export of the jointly developed smart weapon.
"The only ship that could feature these missiles is the Project 22350 frigate Admiral Sergei Gorshkov being built at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg," a defence industry source was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
Russia apparently had no plans to commission the missile due to its lower range of under 300 kms, but under pressure from the Indian side may consider equipping at least one surface ship with BrahMos.
"Considering that we have only one platform (suitable for BrahMos missiles) we may deploy six of them on the Admiral Gorshkov frigate," the unnamed Russian official was quoted as saying.
The 'Admiral Sergei Gorshkov' frigate is scheduled for launch in 2009. According to some military sources, Russia's Navy intends to procure up to 20 such vessels. PTI