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Thailand in talks with India to buy BrahMos cruise missiles

Date: 01 August 2019 Tags: Indian Foreign Policy

Context: In possibly the first sale of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to another country, Thailand is in talks with India for their purchase.


About India Thailand defence cooperation:

  • As part of the expanding defence cooperation between the two countries, Thailand has made a request for repair and refurbishing their Dornier maritime patrol aircraft.
  • A joint team of the Indian Navy, Bharat Electronics Ltd. and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. visited Thailand in mid-June to discuss the issue.
  • In addition, the Thailand Navy is looking to increase its capabilities and planning to induct more ships.
  • Ship design: In line with that, the Indian Navy is exploring opportunities wherein India could help in ship design and has even “offered ship construction at the various defence public sector undertaking shipyards.

The Indian Navy’s foreign cooperation initiatives include highlighting the capability of various defence public sector undertakings and Indian defence industry to friendly foreign navies.