Tamil Nadu

“Scientists working on hypersonic missiles”

A.S. Sivathanu Pillai, former Chief Controller, DRDO, addressing a science programme in Tuticorin on Monday.— Photo: N. Rajesh  

Having successfully added supersonic missile BrahMos to the country’s armed forces, Indian scientists were working on fabricating hypersonic missiles with Russian assistance, said A.S. Sivathanu Pillai, former Chief Controller, Defence Research and Development Organisation.

Speaking to reporters here on Monday after inaugurating ‘Inspire Science Camp’ for students, Dr. Sivathanu Pillai said that India successfully added to its armour a range of missiles even as many other countries were either working on them or had tested only subsonic missiles. While a subsonic missile could achieve a speed of 800 km per hour, BrahMos could reach 3,300 km per hour.

Buoyed by this achievement, India was working on fabricating reusable hypersonic BrahMos with the help of Russia. “It will be ready in the next five years,” Dr. Pillai said.

Thorium-based reactors, on which Indian scientists were working, could provide an effective solution to the country’s growing energy needs, he added.

A group of meritorious students have been selected for the five-day camp.

Stephen Baier, visiting faculty, School of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram, addressed the participants of the camp.

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