sferrin said:Austin said:flateric said:Wiki is ready for help, my friend. We have started as early as 1991.
Brahmos are developing Hypersonic variant in two part as per its CEO Dr Sudhir
The first step is to achieve Mach 5 would be to use improved Ramjet propulsion that would increase the speed to little over Mach 5.
The second part is Scramjet propulsion to improve the speed between Mach 6-7.
The first variant would be available in next 5 years but the second one involving scramjet would take a decade.
Is there reason to believe the process would go any smoother in India than in the US. Fasthawk, HyFly, X-51, etc. were all suppose to be slam dunks. Turned out. . .not so much.
Pure Scramjet certainly would be challenging and brahmos has stated it would take a decade to get there.
But getting Mach 5 with modified Ramjet would be feseable in next 5 years or so.
I read the Russians have already tested Ramjet with speed mach 4.5 and the existing Brahmos Engine as Mishra Said with little modification can achieve Mach 5