DRDO employee arrested for leaking details of BrahMos missile to Pakistan’s ISI

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In a potential security breach, an alleged spy working for Pakistan’s ISI and other countries was nabbed in a joint operation by Military Intelligence, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra police here on Monday.

The man — identified as Nishant Agarwal n employee of the Defence Research and Development Organisation– was detained from Maharashtra’s Nagpur in a joint operation carried out by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Military Intelligence, with the local police providing some logistical support.

Agarwal was employed at a BrahMos production centre near Nagpur since the last four years. He is suspected to have shared classified information and technical data about the BrahMos missile system with agencies from Pakistan.

Nishant is currently under investigation. The agencies are also trying to ascertain the details that he might have shared with Pakistan.

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Brahmos Missile is a supersonic cruise missile and can be used against ship and land targets. It has a range of up to 300 kms. It is uniquely configured for installing in ships, submarines and aircraft and on ground vehicles. It has been flight tested twice during June 2001 and April 2002 meeting all mission objectives.

Brahmos is a joint venture between DRDO and the NPOM of Russia. The highly versatile precision strike weapon has been operationalised in the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

It has established itself as a major “force multiplier” in modern-day complex battlefields with its impeccable land-attack and anti-ship capabilities along with multi-role and multi-platform abilities.