World’s ‘Deadliest’ Missile BrahMos to Achieve Hypersonic Speed Within 7 YearsDecember 7, 2017
New Delhi (Sputnik) — The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, an Indo-Russian joint venture product, is expected to achieve hypersonic speed in next seven to 10 years.
“We are working on increasing the speed of the missile in a phased manner. The current BrahMos missiles have a speed of Mach 2.8. In two years time, we would have a speed of Mach 3.5. In the next three to four years time, we would have a speed of Mach 5. Then we have to go hypersonic, which would take seven to 10 years,” Sudhir Kumar Mishra, CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace Ltd said on Tuesday. Supersonic missiles and aircraft travel faster than sound but less than five times the speed of sound; hypersonic missiles would break this Mach 5 barrier.
BrahMos Aerospace is soon expected to start the production of the air-launched version of the missile as Godrej Aerospace, a unit of Godrej & Boyce, has bagged an order for 100 units of airframes for the missiles.