Monday, December 19, 2011

Brahmos Achieves Mach 6.5 Speed During Lab Test


The latest version of the world's best supersonic Indo-Russian Brahmos cruise missile has achieved a remarkable speed of Mach 6.5 during experiments at Hyderabad and the target is to achieve Mach 7, a top DRDO official said here today.

Extensive experiments are being done in Hyderabad. The research and development team at the labs have completed successful tests up to Mach 6.5. This was confirmed by BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director A Sivathanu Pillai. The primary aim it to achieve a speed of Mach 7 which will make this the world's most lethal cruise missile.

Mach is commonly used to represent the speed of an object when it is travelling close to or above the speed of sound. BrahMos is a world class cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.

Inaugurating an International Research Centre developed by Sathyabama University and Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research here, Pillai said nanotechnology is the buzzword in the future and several countries were investing into it. Over 70 billion US dollars are being spent in this field. Once, this technology is commercialised, it will generate over USD 3 trillion per year," the DRDO scientist said.

Nanotechnology will be a boon for the health sector especially to tackle diseases like Alzheimer's. The government has formed a nanotechnology mission and a centre in Bangalore is being upgraded for this, Pillai said.

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