The Indo-Russian collaborative venture BrahMos Aerospace intends to evolve a hypersonic cruise missile or a submarine variant of with the speed of Mach 7. The present supersonic missile that has ornamented Indian Navy and Army for long now boasts of a 300m range and a speed of Mach 2.8 (i.e. 2.8 times the speed of sound). The submarine version shall feature a scramjet engine, and the R&D people behind this project comprise the cream from The Centre of Excellence in High Speed Aerodynamics at the Indian Institute of Science as well as the Moscow Aviation Institute.
Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO and Managing Director, BrahMos Aerospace, stated at the 26th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Aerospace Laboratories Foundation Day Lecture, that these missiles were the only operational ones in the world, and they shall have speeds three times more that US Armed Forces’ Tomahawk missiles. A lot of modern technologies would be required to attain these hypersonic speeds, he added. Also materials having nano characteristics and self-healing attributes shall be needed.