Thursday, April 28, 2011

Indian Air Force to have BrahMos by 2012

Indian Air Force expected to start using a new air-to-air variant of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile by 2012. These were the words of A. Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Executive Officer of BrahMos Aerospace and chief controller of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
According to him the BrahMos will pack nine time more destructive capacity than any other cruise missile of its class. However much of the blast power will be caused by the high velocity which the rocket can achieve – the high velocity is transmuted into kinetic energy. The missile has the ability to fly at three times the speed of sound and can cover a kilometer in around a second. The Chief Executive Officer also said that the work on this rocket had already started in collaboration with Russia. The new rocket will be capable of achieving speeds up to Mach 7. All this information was revealed at a talk on “Science in Indian defence” at the science festival. Most of the audience consisted of students. The Chief Executive Officer of BrahMos Aerospace held a speech about the historical account of the reasons, because of which the ballistic missile programme consists of five different missiles – the Akash, Nag, Trishul, Prithvi and Agni