According to media reports, Thailand is in talks
with India over purchasing BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles. If the sale
materialises, it will be the first export of the BrahMos missile by India.
BrahMos missile is a 2.5 ton supersonic air to
surface cruise missile with ranges of close to 300 km.
BrahMos is a joint venture between India and
Russia. It is named after Brahmaputra and Moscow rivers. It is capable of being
launched from land, sea, sub-sea and air against surface and sea-based targets.
In recent times, Thailand and India has
increased maritime interaction and cooperation. The navies of India and
Thailand have been working together in the areas of disaster risk management,
maritime security safety, information sharing and interoperability.
The two navies conduct a Coordinated Patrol
(CORPAT) exercise twice a year every year since 2005. It aims to keep a vital
part of the Indian Ocean Region safe and secure for commercial shipping and
The CORPAT has also strengthened understanding
and interoperability between the navies. It has also facilitated institution of
measures to prevent unlawful activities at sea as well as conduct Search and
Rescue (SAR) operations.
Further, the first India, Thailand and Singapore
trilateral naval exercise will be held in September 2019.