New Delhi (Sputnik) — India's state-owned Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) has developed a solid propellant booster which is soon going to be introduced for future launches of the world's deadliest supersonic cruise missile, the BrahMos. The two-stage missile system uses a solid propellant booster to achieve supersonic speed in the first stage while at the second stage the liquid ramjet takes the missile closer to Mach 3 speed in cruise phase.
"A solid proponent booster, which is an important component of the BrahMos, is in its final stages of development. The requisites, which have been conducted in the recent past, have shown positive results and a final test, called a mechanical vibration test, will be carried out next month. The propellant will thereafter be put to use in the missile," KPS Murthy, director of High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) of the DRDO said.
The booster trial results have been evaluated by Russian experts and the final test is expected to be conducted sometime in December.
HEMRL is responsible for the design and development of ignition systems for all classes of solid rocket propellants used in the tactical and strategic missile programs of DRDO such as the Pinaka Mk I & Mk-II, Akash, Nirbhay, AAD, Agni program.