India and Russia are planning to increase the target range of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile to 500-kms.
According to an ANI report, the two countries are now planning to increase the range of the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile to 500 kilometres!
According to Alexander Maksichev, the managing co-director of BrahMos Aerospace company, hypersound will be attained with this increase in range. The missile has a current speed of 2.8 mach and the speed of hypersound will be attained through modernisation, resulting in figures of more than 4.5 Mach, the official was quoted as saying by ANI. Apart from this, serial production of the supersonic cruise missile started in March, the report says.
BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. The missile is named after Brahmaputra and Russia’s Moskva.
BrahMos has been inducted in the Indian Navy and Indian Army and has also been tested successfully from Indian Air Force’s Sukhoi 30-MKI frontline fighter jet. The multi-platform missile can be fired from land, sea, air and even under-water! Reports also suggest that India is working to make it with a range of 800-km.
In 2018, India also tested this missile with an indigenous seeker. Currently, BrahMos Aerospace is developing BrahMos NG (or the next-generation BrahMos).