BrahMos missiles may be manufactured in Uttar Pradesh, says state govt

Lucknow : Uttar Pradesh may soon start manufacturing next generation BrahMos missiles, a statement from the state government said on Wednesday.

The statement said BrahMos Aerospace’s CEO and MD Sudhir Kumar Misra in a letter sent to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi sought 200 acre land for the project at the Defence Corridor for making the BrahMos missile on Tuesday. A delegation from BrahMos also met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday.

“In a major development that could turn out to be a trendsetter uplifting the scenario of the state both economically and socially, UP may soon start manufacturing the Next-Gen state of the art ‘BrahMos missile’,” a statement said.

It said, the Defense Industrial Corridor of UP will further gain momentum as Domestic and foreign companies working in the defence sector have taken the initiative to invest in the first Defence Industrial Corridor of the state.

“About 500 engineers and technical people will get direct employment in the BrahMos Production Center which will be built by investing Rs 300 crore on the land to be allotted for making BrahMos missiles at Lucknow node,” the statement said.

It added that apart from this, about five thousand people will get indirect employment and 10 thousand people will get work through the production center.

The work of setting up the BrahMos Production Center is likely to start soon and more than 100 BrahMos missiles are planned to be built in the next three years.

“Due to the BrahMos Production Center, many other well-known companies working in the defence sector in the UP Defence Corridor will come to the state.”

The Uttar Pradesh defence corridor was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Investors’ Summit in January 2018.

During the Defense Expo-Lucknow in February 2020, many domestic and foreign companies making products related to defence had signed MoUs worth 50,000 crores for investment in the corridor. Most of the MoUs have been signed for the corridor being built in Andla on Khair Road in Aligarh, the statement added.