Chennai: BrahMos, the supersonic cruise
missile for the Indian Air Force, would be ready by next year,
a top official said on Sunday.
"BrahMos will be ready for the IAF by next year and the
supersonic missile is nine times faster than other missiles in
the world", BrahMos Aerospace Chief Executive and Managing
Director A Sivathanu Pillai told reporters here.
On the development of the hypersonic missile that would
travel seven times more than the sound, he said the basic
technology was being developed. "It will take at least six
years", he said.
The BrahMos Aerospace would also manufacture cryogenic
engine for Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). "Once
the technology gets ready (by ISRO), we will begin doing the
engines for them,", Pillai said.
The ISRO was in the process of developing cryogenic
engine to power its Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles,
ISRO`s Kerala unit was already in the process of making
liquid fuels that would power engines, he said.
BrahMos Aerospace is the brain child of former President
APJ Abdul Kalam. It is the joint venture company between
India`s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
and Russia`s NPO Mashinostroyenia. The aim of the partnership
is to design, develop, manufacture and market supersonic
cruise missile system.