Even as India is pushing to become Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) member, it is preparing to sell its advanced cruise missile system, BrahMos missile, to 15 countries, including those engaged in South China Sea conflict against China.
According to media reports, a secret note by the Modi government has revealed plans of selling Indian-Russian JV produced BrahMos missiles to a number of countries, including some hostile to China.
It may be noted Indian warships are armed with eight or 16 BrahMos missiles each, while sets of two or four would go on smaller vessels.
The note urges BrahMos Aerospace, the company which makes the supersonic missiles, to speed up their production so that they can be sold to the five buyers— Vietnam, Brazil, Indonesia, Chile and South Africa.
The countries which have recently expressed interest in buying the Indian missile technology include. Also, 11 other countries interested in buying these missiles are negotiating with India. These include the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and UAE.
In 2011, India had put a similar deal with Vietnam on hold, fearing that it may anger.
Meanwhile, India is considering a proposal to offer Vietnam a battleship armed with BrahMos missiles instead of just a missile battery, according to news agency Reuters.