What is Hypersonic Missile? After US, China and Russia, will India have this missile?

Publish Date: 02 Jun, 2022 |

The Russia-Ukraine war is not going away, and in the meantime, Russia successfully tested the Hypersonic Missile - Zircon, which can hit its target from a distance of 1,000 kilometres. According to Reuters, the Russian Defence Ministry stated that the missile was launched from the Barents Sea and hit its target in the White Sea at a distance of approximately 1,016 kilometres.

What is a Hypersonic Missile?

A hypersonic missile is a weapon system that can travel at least at Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound, and is manoeuvrable. The hypersonic missile's manoeuvrability distinguishes it from a ballistic missile, which follows a set course or a missile trajectory. Thereby, with exception of ballistic missiles, hypersonic missiles do not follow a ballistic trajectory and can be navigated to the intended target.

Hypersonic Glide Vehicles (HGV) and Hypersonic Cruise Missiles are the two types of hypersonic weapons systems. The hypersonic cruise missile is fueled by air breathing high speed engines or scramjets' after acquiring their target, whereas the HGV is launched from a rocket before flying to the intended target.

India to Have Hypersonic Missile?

As the DRDO 'goes vertical,' the US speculates that the Indian Navy could go hypersonic by 2025-28.


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