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BrahMos-II hypersonic cruise missile

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BrahMos-II  is a hypersonic cruise missile

ON APRIL 11, 2015

BrahMos-II or BrahMos-2 or BrahMos Mark II (note: not to be confused with BrahMos block-2) is a hypersonic cruise missile.Currently BrahMos Mark II under joint development by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Russia’s NPO Mashinostroeyenia, which have together formed BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. It is the second of the BrahMos series of cruise missiles. The BrahMos-II is expected to have a range of 290 kilometers (180 mi) and a speed of Mach 7. During the cruise stage of flight the missile will be propelled by a scramjet air breathing jet engine. (An airbreathing jet engine (or ducted jet engine) is a jet engine propelled by a jet of hot exhaust gases formed from air that is drawn into the engine via an inlet duct. All practical air breathing jet engines are internal combustion engines that directly heat the air by burning fuel, with the resultant hot gases used for propulsion via a propulsive nozzle, although other techniques for heating the air have been experimented with. Most jet engines are turbofans which have largely replaced turbojets.

Other details, including production cost and physical dimensions of the missile, are yet to be published. It is expected to be ready for testing by 2017.The planned operational range of the BrahMos-II has been restricted to 290 kilometres (180 mi) as Russia is a signatory to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), which prohibits it from helping other countries develop missiles with ranges above 300 kilometers (190 mi). Its top speed will be double that of the current BrahMos-I and it has been described as the fastest cruise missile in the world. Russia is developing a special and secret fuel formula to enable the BrahMos-II to exceed Mach 5. Design of multiple variants of the missile was completed by October 2011, with testing starting in 2012.These variants will arm the Project 15B destroyers of the Indian Navy. Fourth-generation multi-purpose Russian Naval destroyers (Project 21956) are also likely to be equipped with the BrahMos II.

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India and Russia are also collaborating on a hypersonic version of the missile. Reports suggest that the Brahmos-II will be powered by a scramjet engine rather than the ramjet version. Russian defense officials have also claimed that the missile will reach the Mach 5 threshold required to be classified as hypersonic by using a special new fuel.7  Source missilethreat.csis.org



It’s widely believed BrahMos-II is the export version of Russia’s 3M22 Zircon hypersonic cruise missile, and both weapons look very similar in external appearance. Production of the 3M22 Zircon is expected to begin late this year at the earliest. Tests of this weapon began in March 2016.

Last week, Russia claimed the 3M22 Zircon, which is being developed as an anti-ship missile, hit Mach 8 (9,900 km/h) in a recent test, which makes this weapon the fastest hypersonic missile on Earth — if the unverified results of this test are true.

During the tests of the missile, it was confirmed that its speed on the march reaches eight Mach,” said Russian state-owned media. Russia didn’t specify which submarine, surface ship or land installation launched the Mach 8 Zircon, nor did it specify when.

Source chinatopix.com

Best Sellers: Russian-Made Weapons Hit Record 50% Sales Growth – See Details of Arms Data below article


The 10th Russia Arms Expo international exhibition's opening

09:26 14.12.2015(updated 09:47 14.12.2015)

In 2014, Russian defense companies increased their sales by nearly 50 percent, accounting for 10.2 percent of the entire global market.

The Russian defense industry grew significantly in 2014, analysts at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in an annual report as quoted by Handelsblatt.

The report is expected to be officially released on Monday.

SIPRI experts made up a ranking of the 100 arms producing companies for 2014. The list included 11 Russian companies, against just eight a year ago.

In 2014, the sales of the Russian defense industry increased by 48.4 percent, to 10.2 percent of the global market.

Russian companies have been at the forefront of the exports increase and rise in the national defense spending, SIPRI analyst Simon Wezeman commented.

In total, according to the analysts, in 2014 the contracts of the top-100 world defense companies dropped by 1.5 percent, to $401 billion. US, Canadian and European companies decreased their revenues from arms sales while there was an increase in other countries.

Chinese companies were not included in the ranking due the absence of information, SIPRI underscored.

The list of the top 100 world defense companies was led by US Lockheed Martin ($37.5 billion), Boeing ($28.3 billion) and European EADS ($14.5 billion).

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Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 2015.

The top 10 arms exporters by country 2010-14, per cent of global share. 

The top 10 arms importers by country 2010-14, per cent of global share.

The importers of major weapons, by region, 2005–2009 and 2010–14.

The trend in international transfers of major weapons, 1950-2014.

US firms took 54% of the $401 billion sales made by world’s top 100 arms companies in 2014 (pbs.twimg.com)

Russia Upgrades Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation


Russia Upgrades Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation

This Time Lapse Shows an Aircraft Carrier Being Assembled Piece by Piece

Gizmodo UK

This Time Lapse Shows an Aircraft Carrier Being Assembled Piece by Piece

By Casey Chan on 14 Dec 2015 at 5:00AM

Building an aircraft carrier is just like playing with Lego bricks! At a much, much larger scale, of course. Here is footage showing how the final section of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carrier the HMS Prince of Wales was slapped on top of the ship. The piece, known as Aft Island, weighs 750 tonnes and will control aircraft operations on the carrier.

Original article http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2015/12/this-time-lapse-shows-an-aircraft-carrier-being-assembled-piece-by-piece/?