NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- A number of Indian and Russian companies are working to develop a hypersonic version of BrahMos stealth cruise missile which can fly at almost seven times the speed of sound, a senior official said on Sunday.
"For this version, a new engine has to be developed, as also new materials to withstand high temperature and vibrations. They have got to be on board with supportive electronic systems," Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, the chief of BrahMos Aerospace, told the media in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
"Numerous industries in Russia and India are involved in design and development of components and sub systems," he said.
The Indian Institute of Science and Moscow Aviation Institute are also involved in research and development (R&D) of critical components for the hypersonic version of BrahMos hypersonic cruise missile, he added.
BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited is a joint venture between India's Defense Research and Development Organization and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia. The missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land.