NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM), the Russian partner of India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in BrahMos Aerospace, has not passed on any technology to China for its CX-1 missile.
NPOM believes that neither the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles nor the Yakhont missiles manufactured in Russia have anything in common with the Chinese missiles except for some external characteristics, a high-ranking Russian military source close to the Russian rocket design bureau told RIR.“Judging by the photos, indeed, the missiles are observed as having a similar external shape,” he said. “In addition, several media sources have reported that the missiles have a similar maximum speed and flying range. However, these characteristics cannot be used to make a judgment about the rocket.” The source added that there were many other indicators.
The source also denied “that the transfer of Russian technology to China, similar to BrahMos and Yakhont” took place. “There are many copies of the iPhone released, including those with an apple logo on its frame. It is easy to measure everything accurately with a ruler and copy it. It is difficult to replicate what's inside,” he explained.
An Indian military source close to the BrahMos Aerospace, having found out the information available about the existing CX-1, explained to the RIR that the BrahMos missile has a significantly smaller front. “Its air intake is very different. The BrahMos has a much smaller one,” he said. According to him, “judging by the photos, the missile also has a different engine – not the Ramlet Engine, installed in the BrahMos.”
He also said that when China purchased Project 956E and Project 956EM armed destroyers from the USSR, it received the ASM Moskit missile, which has a range of up to 120 kilometres.
The development of the missile began in 1973 in the MKB Raduga bureau in Dubna. In 2000, Russia supplied more Moskits to China as part of the 956E armed destroyers project.Perhaps, the CX-1 was produced by China using an analogue of the Moskit with modifications,” he added. Earlier this week, a smear campaign was launched in certain media outlets and social media claiming that Russia “betrayed” India by selling BrahMos technology to China.