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28 February, Friday


India to test second version of Russian missile in 2020 - Fastest on earth

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In December 2019, India successfully tested its BrahMos ‘air version’ missile from its Russian-made Su-30 MKI fighter jet. The launch went smoothly with the missile following the desired trajectory and achieving a “direct hit” on a sea target off the coastline, Eurasia Dairy reports citing Russia Beyond.

BrahMos is the result of a joint enterprise created by Russian company NPO Machinostroeniya and the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization. In particular, this missile has become  the basis for further development of Russian cruise missile technologies for the Indian military. 

India’s BrahMos is currently believed to be the fastest cruise missile in the world, capable of reaching Mach 3, a flight speed of 1 km/s (ca. 3,700 km/h; 2,300 mph) while weighing 2,5 to 3 tons, depending on the warhead’s variations.

At the moment, the land and sea-based versions of BrahMos missiles have already been deployed, with each missile capable of eliminating targets at distances of up to 600 km (373 mi.) away. 

India is rumoured to become Russia’s first partner to receive hypersonic technologies for its BrahMos. It’s dubbed BrahMos-II and this devastating projectile will hurtle towards its target at 2.5 km/s (9 250 km/h; 5 750 mph; or eight times faster than the speed of sound!) that will be enough to evade any air defense system in the world. 

The first BrahMos-II hypersonic missile battle tests are expected to take place in early 2020.

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