02 Apr '12, 12am

Russia, India in hypersonic missile talks

Russia, India in hypersonic missile talks

Russia and India are in discussions to develop a hypersonic cruise missile and are near agreement on a preliminary design, Indian officials said. "In the near future, we will set up a joint working group which will work out the parameters of the missile in cooperation with developers, and also decide how much each side will contribute to the project," Praveen Pathak, the head of the BrahMos Indian-Russian cruise missile program, told RIA Novosti. The weapon will be capable of speeds of Mach 5 to Mach 7 (3,800 mph to 5,300 mph), he said. Russian technological expertise in the field could drive the project, Western analysts said. "Russia has a longstanding interest in high-speed weaponry and scramjet propulsion, which an Indo-Russian program could draw on," said Douglas Barrie, air warfare analyst at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies. "The design of a ge...

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