Weapon of Future: Russian-Indian Hypersonic Cruise Missile Expected in 7 Years

Source:-Weapon of Future: Russian-Indian Hypersonic Cruise Missile Expected in 7 Years

A Russian-Indian hypersonic cruise missile dubbed BrahMos-II, capable of reaching the speed of Mach 7, will be developed in seven years, a BrahMos Aerospace joint venture executive told Sputnik on Friday.

General manager for market promotion Praveen Pathak said that an intermediate-range BrahMos-II capable of reaching the speed of Mach 4 is expected within four to five years.

Scientific research work has begun with the involvement of the Moscow Aviation Institute and an institute in Bangalore, he said.

It was earlier reported that the cruise missile would revolutionize arms industry, though its exact configuration has yet to be defined.


Hypersonic weapons are missiles and aircraft capable of reaching speeds of Mach 5 and more – or five times the speed of sound. They are extremely difficult to intercept due to their overwhelming speed and maneuvering capabilities. Hypersonic technologies in general, used in weapons systems and prospective aircraft, were seen by experts as a game changer in future warfare.

Russia planned to use the Zircon missile in its modern submarines, missile cruisers, and destroyers. the Zircon will replace the existing P 800 and Kalibr missile from the Russian naval ships. P 800 is known as the base model of Brahmos.

Brahmos corp involved in three bigger projects, one is the air-launched version known as Brahmos-A, 2nd is the Brahmos II hypersonic variant of Brahmos, three is the Brahmos NG who is a mini version of the Brahmos to be carried in small OPV’s and fighter jets.

Both Indian and Russian counterparts work close to achieving the above-said projects, In India they working on the Brahmos-A missile whose carriage trails scheduled by coming April, and in Russia they were working on the hypersonic variant with a Ram jet engine to boost the missile speed up to Mach 8.

Brahmos corp, a joint venture company of Indian DRDO and Russian NPO, made the Brahmos missile from the base model of Russian Oniks missile. In Brahmos family, there were many variants, used for many missions, from anti-ships to steep dive mission. Indian Armed forces are the only user who uses the Brahmos variants in Army, Navy, and Airforce. while Russia yet to employ their naval ships with Brahmos missile.

Brahmos used in the Navy ships usually to conduct the anti-ship and anti-surface mission with the range of 300 kilometers, and in lo lo mode the missile can strike targets up to 120 kilometers, during the lo lo lo mode, it’s impossible to intercept the supersonic missile flying at Mach 3 speed.

​Currently, the short-range BrahMos flies at the speed of Mach 2.8, Pathak said at the Army-2017 forum near Moscow.

The nine-meter BrahMos missile, which was developed by an Indo-Russian joint venture, is one the fastest missiles in the world, has a flight range of up to 290 km and carries a 200-300 kg conventional warhead.

Indian army also uses the Brahmos in three variants block I, II, and III, those block versions are more advanced variants than its predecessors. The air force also operates a land-based launchers, air force operates one or two squadrons of Brahmos missiles.

Brahmos II Characteristics

Speed                  : Mach 8

Range                  : 300-400 kilometer

warhead              : 300 kg, conventional, shrapnel, or armor piercing

Induction             : 2019

Launch platform: Ship, as the first phase






Source:- Sputnik News



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