Brahmos achieves Mach 6.5 speed during lab test

Last Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 20:39

Chennai: The latest version of Indo-Russian
Brahmos cruise missile has achieved a speed of Mach 6.5 during
experiments at Hyderabad and the target is to achieve Mach 7,
a top DRDO official said here on Monday.

"Experiments are being done in Hyderabad. We have
completed tests up to Mach 6.5," BrahMos Aerospace Private
Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director A
Sivathanu Pillai told reporters here.

The target is to achieve Mach 7, he said.

Mach is commonly used to represent the speed of an object
when it is traveling close to or above the speed of sound.
BrahMos is a cruise missile that can be launched from
submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

Inaugurating an International Research Centre developed
by Sathyabama University and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic
Research here, Pillai said nanotechnology is the buzzword in
the future and several countries were investing into it.

"Over 70 billion US dollars are being spent in this
field. Once, this technology is commercialised, it will
generate over USD 3 trillion per year," the DRDO scientist
said.

Nanotechnology will be a boon for the health sector
especially to tackle diseases like Alzheimer`s.

The government has formed a nanotechnology mission and a
centre in Bangalore is being upgraded for this, Pillai said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 20:39

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