India has begun researching the manufacture of supersonic military missiles that can travel at a maximum speed of Mach 5. The responsibility for this research rests with the government’s Defense Research and Development Organization. this. This was published by the Hindustan Times newspaper on Monday.
A special wind tunnel, which will be used to test and test the accuracy of technologies, is required for manufacturing research. According to senior anonymous interlocutors from the government, it will be operational in the near future.
“The supersonic battle system is one of the basic technologies that we are seriously studying,” one of the sources said, calling it a “next generation weapon.”
As the article points out, the technological arms race is gaining momentum. The main participants such as China, Russia and the United States are trying to strengthen nuclear deterrence and enhance the military’s combat potential in military activities. At the same time, the Hindustan Times reported that Beijing as well as Moscow had already demonstrated the presence of the weapon and suggested that Washington might have it.
“It is time for India to begin to pay attention to these technologies,” noted Lt. Gen. Vinod Bhatia, who previously oversaw military operations.
It should be noted that the Mach 5 speed is the minimum for a weapon to be called supersonic. Experts believe that Indian experts will try to use BraMos rocket technology to engage in the production of a supersonic missile system. However, none of the experts is willing to give the time, even just an approximation, for India to enter the “ultrasound club”.
India’s push to develop a new generation of hypersonic weapons takes place in the context of China, Russia, and the United States experimenting with supersonic weapons of various types in order to increase its command and control power. strategic nuclear deterrence, as well as enhanced combat capability of frontline forces.
According to the Hindustan Times, supersonic weapons are specifically designed to increase their “survival” ability against modern ballistic missile defense systems.