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India is making significant strides in hypersonic technology with two key programs: the BrahMos-2 hypersonic cruise missile and the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).

Developed collaboratively by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), BrahMos-2 is a next-generation hypersonic cruise missile. This technological marvel is designed to achieve speeds exceeding Mach 7 (nearly 8,650 kilometers per hour) and possess a strike range of up to 600 kilometers.

The joint effort focuses on critical areas like heat shields, aerodynamics of hypersonic flight, high-temperature structures, and the development of a scramjet propulsion engine. With anticipated prototypes ready for testing within the next five years, BrahMos-2 promises to be a game-changer in aerial warfare.

India’s commitment to hypersonic technology extends beyond BrahMos-2. The HSTDV program is an indigenous initiative to develop an unmanned scramjet-powered hypersonic vehicle. This 1-tonne, 5.6-meter long marvel is projected to reach speeds of Mach 6 (almost 7,410 kilometers per hour). The HSTDV serves as a crucial testbed for developing future hypersonic cruise missiles. With successful hypersonic flight demonstrations anticipated in the coming decade, the HSTDV holds immense potential for bolstering India’s hypersonic capabilities.

The BrahMos-2 and HSTDV programs signify India’s commitment to becoming a prominent player in the hypersonic technology race. These advancements hold the potential to revolutionize warfare by introducing faster, more maneuverable missiles and potentially hypersonic aircraft in the coming decade.

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