India, Russia to jointly develop Brahmos-II Hypersonic Missile Version

India and Russia are in talks for the joint development of the Hypersonic Version of the BrahMos Missile also called BrahMos-II Missile. The BrahMos-II Missile is expected to be capable of travelling speeds up to Mach-7 and has a range of over 300 miles. It can be launched from land, sea, and air. Other details, including production cost and physical dimensions of the missile, are yet to be published.

As per reports India has put across a request to Russia for the transfer of technology (ToT) of the Russian (3M22 Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile on which the BrahMos-II (K) will be based on.

About BrahMos Missile

The BrahMos is a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile (also designated as PJ-10) jointly developed by Russian-Indian BrahMos Missile Aerospace Company. The missile has been developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya and India’s DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization). The missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound and can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms. The per unit cost of the missile is expected to be approximately USD 5 million. As of now various versions of the missiles have been inducted by the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air-Force.