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In a significant development, Atul Dinkar Rane, the CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, has confirmed that the prospect of a Hypersonic BrahMos missile is actively being considered. While the concept of a Hypersonic BrahMos has garnered attention, Rane clarified that there hasn’t been a conclusive agreement between the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Russian NPOM for the joint development of BrahMos 2K.
The Hypersonic BrahMos, often referred to as BrahMos 2K, is envisioned to be based on the Russian 3M22 Zircon hypersonic missile. The 3M22 Zircon, developed by the Research and Production Association of Machine-Building (NPO Mashinostroenia), is renowned for its unparalleled speed and cutting-edge technology.
While both the Indian and Russian sides have shown interest in the development of BrahMos 2K, no formal agreement has been reached. BrahMos Aerospace aims to incorporate Indian-made software and seeker technology into the Hypersonic BrahMos, showcasing the collaborative nature of the potential project.
The BrahMos 2K, if realized, is expected to feature a lower Mach speed of 6 compared to the 3M22 Zircon. Additionally, its range is anticipated to be slightly reduced. However, the crucial aspect is the inclusion of Indian-developed software and seeker technology, underlining the indigenous technological contributions to the program.
One of the key goals for BrahMos 2K is to establish compatibility for launch from multiple platforms. This adaptability is crucial for enhancing the versatility and strategic deployment options of the Hypersonic BrahMos.
While the specifics of the collaboration and development timeline remain uncertain, the Hypersonic BrahMos has the potential to be a game-changer in the realm of missile technology. Its advanced features, coupled with the collaborative efforts of Indian and Russian expertise, could position it as a formidable asset for defense applications.
As the discussions and considerations continue, the prospect of a Hypersonic BrahMos adds an intriguing dimension to the evolving landscape of missile capabilities. The successful realization of this project could mark a significant milestone in the strategic partnership between India and Russia in the field of advanced missile systems.
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