₹19,000-crore Navy deal for 200 BrahMos approved

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Science & Technology

Topic: Defence

Issue: Defence Acquisitions.

Context: Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has approved the  procurement of  BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for the Indian Navy.

Brahmos Missile:

  • Medium-range supersonic cruise missile (travel faster than the speed of sound)
  • BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd: an India-Russia joint venture, produces the missiles
  • Exports: Deal with Philippines to export missiles.
    • Argentina has also shown interest in procuring.
+1 Advantage for Mains:

Annual defence exports target  to $5 billion by 2024-25, from the $1.5 billion in 2021-22.


Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS)

  • The apex body for decision-making on national security issues.
  • Composition:
    • Prime Minister of India (Chairperson)
    • Ministers of Defence, Home Affairs, External Affairs and Finance. Other ministers depending on the agenda.
  • Functions:
    • Discusses all matters relating to national security.
    • Makes decisions on the deployment of armed forces, intelligence gathering, and counter-terrorism measures.

Approves major defence acquisitions and other security-related expenditures.

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