BrahMos Aerospace Ltd., a joint venture between space agencies of India and Russia is planning to set up a manufacturing unit for BrahMos Missile in Uttar Pradesh’s proposed Defence Corridor. BrahMos Aerospace’s CEO and MD Dr. Sudhir Kumar Misra led a delegation to meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath here on 24th August 2021.
About the BrahMos Cruise Missile Manufacturing Plant
According to a press statement from BrahMos, Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra has written to UP Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) CEO and Additional Chief Secretary (home) Awanish Awasthi seeking 200 acres land for this missile manufacturing project under the Defence Corridor. Expected investment in land (to be allotted) for the missile production facility is ₹ 300 Cr.
As per Uttar Pradesh Government, BrahMos manufacturing plant may employ about 500 engineers and other technical staff. Around 5,000 people are expected to get indirect employment around through the proposed missile manufacturing plant.
As per news reports BrahMos Aerospace is planning to build 100 BrahMos missiles in the next three years.
BrahMos Cruise Missile
BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile is a cruise missile system designed, developed and produced by BrahMos Aerospace. The only other cruise missile manufactured in India is Nirbhay developed by DRDO.
BrahMos missiles are based on the technology of Russia’s P-800 Oniks cruise missile system. BrahMos has currently two versions, BrahMos and BrahMos II with a range of 290Km and 600Km respectively.
Defence Corridor Project in Uttar Pradesh
Defence Corridor project worth ₹ 20,000 Crore in Uttar Pradesh was announced during the Investors’ Summit in February, 2018 to support defence related manufacturing in the state. Further, it was announced that the defence corridor would be developed across the state through six nodal districts including Lucknow, Kanpur, Chitrakoot, Jhansi, Agra, and Aligarh.
According to Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA), around 29 companies have already submitted their proposals to the Government for setting up factories in the Aligarh node and requested for land for the proposed projects. Similarly, 11 companies in Lucknow node, 6 in the Jhansi node, 8 in Kanpur node have sought land for setting up their manufacturing units.
Acting on the proposals received from various companies, UPEDIA has so far allotted 55.4 hectares of land in Aligarh node to 19 global firms. About 4 acres of land has been allotted to two firms in Kanpur node and 15 acres of land to a company in Jhansi.
As per UPEIDA officials, over 65 big companies have requested the UP Government to provide land for setting up their manufacturing units under the UP Defence Industrial Corridor. The Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor is expected to generate 2.5 lakh jobs.