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he Indo-Russian supersonic missile, Brahmos has been making waves in the missile technology field.
Derived from the Russian Oniks /Yakhont missile platform, Indians are likely to modify the Brahmos beyond recognition. Sea, submarine, mobile and air versions of this missile have been designed. Some of the designs have gone into production and induction in the Indian armed forces.
Based on this co-production model, Russia has proposed that India join in for co-development of the new 5th Generation Sukhoi stealth fighter, T-50.
Based on the Brahmos model, India and France have agreed to co-develop Maitri, a short-range, SAM missile.
And now we have news that the US has also decided to examine ways in which it can work with India for missile development.
Cross-section drawing of a Hellfire Missile | Image source & credit- littlegus.com
Pentagon officials have opened the way to cooperating with India on ballistic missile defense (BMD).
Washington is conducting a cooperative development of the SM-3 IIA interceptor with Tokyo, and interest in India is part of the Pentagon’s larger plan.
India plans eventually to deploy systems to protect against intermediate-range and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in some of its major cities. A detailed proposal is being prepared for approval by the Indian government.
The missile defense program, developed by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), has carried out seven tests, the first in March 2006 and the final one last February. Six were deemed successful.
India’s system is designed to destroy an incoming ballistic missile with a range of up to 2,000 km (1,240 mi.). DRDO used variants of surface-to-surface, short-range Prithvi missiles as simulated targets and intercepted incoming missiles in test firings.
Its BMD program has a two-tiered system, with the Prithvi missile for high-altitude, exoatmospheric intercepts and advanced air defenses for low-altitude endoatmospheric interception. In the most recent test, DRDO’s Air Defense Missile AAD-05 intercepted a modified Prithvi ballistic missile at 15-km altitude off the coast of Orissa in East India.
via U.S. Eyes Missile Defense Work With India.