Hypersonic BrahMost to be powered by DRDO developed scramjet engine

In an exclusive interview with livefistdefence.com, Dr. Sudhir Kumar Mishra, CEO & MD, BrahMos Aerospace has made an interesting revelation, that the Hypersonic version of the BrahMos-2 will be based on the Scramjet Propulsion System developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation when it's able to be incorporated into the BrahMos-2 airframe. 

BrahMos-2, a Hypersonic aircraft was to be supported Indo-Russian technology like how this , BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missiles that were developed from 2001 are . Indigenous Indian content during a BrahMos missile over the years has now moved to 65%, but it still has 35% Russian content like its Mach 3 capable ramjet that is license manufactured in India with Russian RAW Materials. 

Initially, RF monopulse seeker equipped on the Brahmos production units, along side the second stage Scramjet engine and first stage booster was of Russian Origin. But in new fresh trials, BrahMos featured indigenous booster, indigenous frequency (RF) seeker, and a number of other indigenous sub-systems which will be cleared in production units once they're tested and certified in near future. 

Like How, the Russian 3M55 P-800 Oniks (Onyx) anti-ship missile, was used as a technical base upon which BrahMos missile was developed, BrahMos-2 was seen as a Russian 3M22 Zircon missile derivative, upon which it had been to be used as a technical base again for the event of the new Hypersonic aircraft and also Mockups of the BrahMos-2 displayed by BrahMos Aerospace was near just like 3M22 Zircon missile and both missile also shared many similarities. 

idrw.org was one among the primary to verify the event of two variants of BrahMos-2 missile which will be achieved by further development of this ramjet to achieve a Mach 4.5-5 speed keeping it technically slightly below Hypersonic flight regime, while the second variant will have Hypersonic speeds of over Mach 7 and can be powered by a new scramjet engine to be developed by 2030. 

There has been media speculation that Russia has been non-committal on the transfer of transfer Hypersonic weapons systems like 3M22 Zircon missile derivatives or its scramjet engine to India after, Several think tanks and Military planners are urging the us , Russia, and China (the Big Three) to require their first mover’s advantage and put in technical barriers by agreeing to embargo complete hypersonic missiles and their major components to other countries. 

BrahMos-2 if it's powered by an indigenous Scramjet system developed by the DRDO will mean a smaller role of Russia in its development or it'll be limited to a couple of subsystems or Russia will completely exit from the program.

Source- idrw.org

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