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    BrahMos aerospace unit all set for second phase of expansion

    Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): BrahMos Aerospace's facility here is embarking on its second phase of expansion on Tuesday aiming to convert the unit into a fully capable Missile Integration Complex.

    Defence Minister A K Antony will inaugurate the second phase of development tomorrow, less then a year after the Centre took over the state-run company to convert it into a major centre for production of defence and space-related component manufacturing centre, BrahMos Aerospace CEO and MD Dr A Sivathanu Pillai told reporters here.

    After making it the second facility of BrahMos Aerospace after the Hyderabad centre, the unit had been concentrating on manufacture of components and sophisticated equipment needed by ISRO, Defence and Atomic energy Department, Pillai said.

    For instance, the Robotic Arm developed by the unit had been used by Babha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai for handling nuclear material.

    In the subsequent phase, the centre would be making the booster for the 'Sourya surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile,' which was an important mission in Indian missile development programme, Pillai said.

    In the current phase of expansion, seven acres of land now in possession of Indian Air force adjacent to the main campus is expected to be handed over to BrahMos aerospace, Pillai said.

    The state government had offered to hand over 50 acres of land in the city outskirts for the third phase of expansion.

    The unit was expected to get AS 9001 certification by March end this year which would make the components made here internationally competent, he said.


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