Monday, March 9, 2009

Hypersonic missiles likely to be ready by 2013

Dr A Sivathanu Pillai, Chief Controller of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), said that the Brahmos Aerospace is working on hypersonic missile project, Brahmos II, which is expected to be ready by 2013.

Talking on the sidelines after inaugurating a combat vehicles and engineering exhibition, organised as part of the DRDO’s golden jubilee celebrations, Pillai, who is also the CEO and the managing director of Brahmos Aerospace, Thiruvavanthapuram, said that the missile will have a speed between Mach 5 and Mach 7. He also claimed that the Brahmos cruise missile at Mach 2.8 is the fastest in the world.

Asked about the failure of the Brahmos missile’s land attack version, which was tested some time ago, he said the reasons for the failures have been identified and efforts on rectifying the “problem with the software” was on.

He revealed that work on the development of a universal missile launcher has started at the Brahmos Aerospace in Thiruvananthapuram.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the Exhibition, Sivathanu Pillai, while explaining the changing dimensions of war theatre, said that the future wars would be fought with minimum people, but with maximum weapons. “It will be network centric and will be fought with intelligent and autonomous systems,” he said, adding that the “cyber warfare and robotic systems will dominate the battlefield.” Pillai, who began his career with ISRO, said nanotechnology and biotechnology would change the perspective of future wars. “The Bio- Nano revolution will change every applications in the battlefield,” he said.

Sivathanu Pillai said the development of precision robotic systems and manipulators will help to use it in nuclear reactors and in heath care systems also.

The BrahMos chief executive said Helium 3 gas, available in Moon, could become the future energy source for the world.

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