India will name its next-generation hypersonic version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile after former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.
As of now, only Russia (GLL-AP-02), USA (X51) and China (WU14) have been able to build hypersonic flights, and send them on unmanned demonstrations.
“As you know the hypersonic version is a futuristic missile and we have already started the work on it. It is still on the drawing board stage. We thought it will be a fitting tribute to Kalam by naming the missile after him. It was his dream that India develop hypersonic missiles,” Mishra said.
Abdul Kalam, the soul of BrahMos
While the BrahMos-I can travel at Mach 2.8 to 3.0 speeds, the new hypersonic BrahMos-II, which will be named after Dr Kalam, would be able to travel at Mach 7 speeds. If India can successfully build BrahMos-II, it would become the first country to have a hypersonic missile.
He expressed the hope that by naming the news missile after Kalam, it would inspire many generations to come.”There are many young scientists working on the project and I am sure they will have a renewed energy to accomplish the task now,” said Mishra, who completed one year in office as the CEO recently.
Dr Kalam was an integral part of India’s defence research from the 1970s to 1990s, and is said to have laid the foundation for the current research. This will be one of the most befitting tributes to the former President.