The BrahMos Aerospace, an Indo-Russian joint venture that produces BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles, is likely to increase the range of the missile to 500 km from the current 400 km, Sputnik News has reported.
"We will come to hypersound via an increase in range. We have already confirmed 400 kilometres, in order to increase the range to 500, it is needed to increase the speed. Now the missile flies at speeds of 2.8 mach. We will achieve the speed of hypersound through modernization, it is more than 4.5 mach," managing co-director of the BrahMos Aerospace company Alexander Maksichev was quoted in the report as saying.
According to the report, Maksichev had last month told that the serial production of BrahMos cruise missiles had started in March.
BrahMos Aerospace is a joint venture of Russia's NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India's Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The company is producing the world's fastest cruise missile BrahMos, named after Brahmaputra and Moscow rivers.
Earlier, in February this year, chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director (MD) of BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Mishra, has revealed that a new advanced and lighter ‘NG’ version of the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos is also in development and may be ready for testing sometime in the next two years and could be integrated with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) within four years.
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