The much talked about hypersonic cruise missile which will fly at five to seven times the speed of sound will become a reality by the year 2017. The project is being jointly developed by India and Russia.
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The hypersonic cruise missile will be an advance version of the already state-of-the-art Brahmos missile which is active in both the Indian and Russian armed forces. The new missile will be ready by 2017 and will give India and Russia the capability for a prompt global strike.
In the next 5 years, the missile will be fully functional and scientists have already conducted lab tests at the speed of 6.5 Mach.
India and Russia are challenging the US in hypersonic missile technology which the US claims that it has already successfully tested a missile that travels five times the speed of sound.
The advance Indo-Russian hypersonic missile will be able to deliver a bomb anywhere in the world within an hour. The new missile will be delivered only to India and Russia.
The jointly developed Brahmos missile has a range of 290 kms and can carry a conventional warhead of upto 300 kg. It can effectively engage targets as low as 10 meters and can travel at the speed of 2.8 Mach. The Brahmos missile is way faster than the US Tomahawk cruise missile and is virtually indestructible.
Sea and ground based missiles of the Brahmos have already been tested many times and are in active duty with the Indian army and the Indian navy. The air force version of the Brahmos missile will be tested sometime in 2012. India’s front line air dominance Su-30 MKI aircraft will be soon armed with the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile.
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