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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

US Congressional Research Service Report on development of Hypersonic missile says that India will have workable and deployable Hypersonic cruise missile by 2025-2028 and also highlighted in its report tests of Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) done by India’s DRDO that will form the base for the development of a Hypersonic missile that will have the capability to travel at Mach 6 speed.

The report also says that collaboration between India and Russia on the development of BrahMos-2 Cruise missile has been delayed due to Russian focusing on their program but it is likely a Hypersonic variant of the cruise missile that can attaint speeds of Mach 7 will be ready in the same period as India’s own Hypersonic cruise missile development is shaping in parallel development.

Technology developed for the HSTDV program will be used to develop a workable production variant of the missile that DRDO is confident will be ready in the next 5 years. HSTDV is a two-stage missile that uses solid fuel in the first stage and a scramjet motor in the second stage, at a semi-ballistic trajectory missile, will be able to achieve a 1500km range that will be the longest in its class and around 900km at low levels, but the unprecedented speed of the Hypersonic missile ensures that it bypasses all known anti-missile defense systems.

India is also working on the development of a Mach 4.5 BrahMos Cruise missile that will have re-tweaked ramjet propulsion that will propel it to near Hypersonic regime speeds but won’t be classified as a Hypersonic missile since it won’t be able to breach the Mach 5 barrier. DRDO plans to use the HSTDV missile as a base to develop variants of the missile that will be incorporated into the Indian Naval warships and nuclear submarines, as well as coastal mobile missile systems.

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