CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace, Dr. Sudhir Kumar
JABALPUR: After Desi Bofors (Dhanush 155 mm gun), Jabalpur is likely to get the manufacturing unit for producing BrahMos, the indigenous supersonic cruise missile which is one of the world's fastest conventional missile.
A team associated with the BrahMos project visited Jabalpur on April 25, and surveyed some areas for feasibility of the project. A total of around 70 to 100 hectares of land is required for the unit, sources said.
District collector Jabalpur, Mahesh Chandra Chaudhary confirmed about the visit of officials to survey land.
"A senior officer connected with the BrahMos project visited the city. They need 70 to 100 acre of land for setting up a BrahMos unit in Jabalpur. They also surveyed some land but the exact spot for the construction of the factory has not been finalized. The final word depends on the project team and whether they find the place suitable," Chaudhary told TOI.
Sources meanwhile told TOI that setting up of the missile production unit at Jabalpur is almost a certainty. Geographically Jabalpur is located at the center of the country and is also relatively safe from security point of view, added sources. Land for the project will also be finalized by next month, said sources.
What has tilted the BrahMos project in Jabalpur's favor is the presence of related units, like ordnance factory, central ordnance depot, gun carriage factory, vehicle factory, grey iron foundry, sources said.
The missile project if established in the district will generate around 10,000 direct and indirect employment, said sources.
BrahMos is considered to the fastest supersonic missile that can follow and hit its target with precision. It is a joint venture between India and Moscow and hence derives the name Brah (Brahamaputra and Mos- Moscow).
Senior leaders of the state are also taking a keen interest and are trying to get the missile production unit established in Jabalpur, said sources.
The long-range artillery gun 'Dhanush', was showcased for the first time at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. It is manufactured by Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at a cost of about Rs 14.50 crore a piece.