BrahMos for IAF to be ready by next year



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, he said.

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.

PTI