SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Atul Dinkar Rane, CEO of Indo-Russian firm BrahMos Aerospace has confirmed that the company is working on a lighter version of the Brahmos missile, dubbed BrahMos NG (new generation); the missile is undergoing development and could have its maiden test flight by 2024-end.
BrahMos NG, an Air Launched variant that is under development for the Air Force will weigh only 1.5 tons which will allow it to be carried even on LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jets while delivering the same Mach 3 speed at fraction of the cost.
BrahMos Aerospace is also looking to make a hypersonic variant of the missile called BrahMos 2K but has not been able to get Russians onboard this program. Russia has expressed interest in supplying hypersonic technology to some of its closest allies but the program is yet to take off, while DRDO is also testing some of the basic hypersonic technology to begin a full-fledged program by 2025.
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