Desi Zircon of India, Reusable Brahmos RLV-TD, Philippines Orders LCAs and LCHs

Developing a Desi Zircon Missile

BrahMos-2k, a hypersonic version of the BrahMos missile named after Doctor Abdul Kalam, has been in development for some years in collaboration with the Russians.

According to reports, the Russians will transfer the know how and base model of the Zircon hypersonic cruise missile to India’s BrahMos Aerospace, which will develop the BrahMos-2k based on Zircon, similar to how the current BrahMos Missile is based on the Russian P800 Oniks supersonic cruise missile but better.

The Zircon was launched from a surface ship for the first time in February 2020, and it is now a one-of-a-kind missile with no close competitors. It is regarded for its great manoeuvrability and Mach 9 speed over a 1000-kilometer range.

DRDO contemplating a reusable hypersonic returnable landing vehicle variant of the BrahMos cruise missile

The development of a reusable BrahMos Landing Vehicle, which will be a returnable carrier form of the BrahMos missile is being considered. The notion of developing an enhanced hypersonic version of the BrahMos cruise missile to deliver its payload and return to its launching station was first proposed in 2013 by India’s former President and Missile Man, the Great Late Scientist Doctor APJ Abdul Kalam.

There is currently no confirmation of this programme, and no news about it has been reported in the media. ISRO has already built and tested a Reusable Launch Vehicle Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD). Only time will tell whether this RLV-TD will be used as a base for the projected BrahMos Reusable Landing Vehicle.

Philippines is looking to buy LCAs and LCHs from India after Brahmos

The Philippines government appears interested in updating its fleet of military aircraft with help from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, after a contract with India for the induction of anti-ship Brahmos missiles. In April, HAL and the Philippine Aerospace Development Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding that might lead to the export of India’s Light Combat Aircraft, Light Combat Helicopter, Advanced Light Helicopter, and Light Utility Helicopter.

LCA Tejas

The Philippine does not require heavy or even medium fighters because it is a small country with less population and land. The Philippine Air Force is looking for light combat aircraft to help it counter China’s military might. The Light Combat Aircraft built by HAL and inducted by the IAF have been determined to be the greatest fit for the Philippines.

Skanda Aerospace was the first private company to manufacture helicopter gear

Skanda Aerospace Technology Private Limited, a first for an Indian private company, stated on Thursday that it plans to invest Rs 250 crores in a gearbox manufacturing facility in Hyderabad. Raghu Vamsi Machine Tools in Hyderabad and Rave Gears LLC in Texas have formed a joint venture.

This manufacturing plant will be India’s first private firm capable of producing helicopter gears and gear boxes. Given the increasing need for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited’s helicopters, gearboxes and drive trains are expected to be in high demand. In the next three to five years, it will also employ 1,000 people all over India.

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