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A scaled down model of Brahmos-II at Aero India 2013
Type Hypersonic Cruise missile
Air-launched cruise missile
Anti-ship missile
Land-attack missile
Surface-to-surface missile
Place of originIndia
Service history
Used byIndia
Production history
Designer Defence Research and Development Organisation
NPO Mashinostroyenia
Manufacturer BrahMos Aerospace Limited

Engine Scramjet
1,000 km (620 mi)
Maximum speed Mach 8 (9,800 km/h; 6,090 mph; 2,722.3 m/s)
Ship, submarine, aircraft and land-based mobile launchers.

BrahMos-II or BrahMos-2 or BrahMos Mark II (note:Not to be confused with the BrahMos block II) is a hypersonic cruise missile currently under joint development by India's Defence Research and Development Organisation and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyenia, 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 1,000 kilometres (620 mi; 540 nmi) [1] and a speed of Mach 8. During the cruise stage of flight the missile will be propelled by a scramjet airbreathing jet engine. [2] [3] Other details, including production cost and physical dimensions of the missile, are yet to be published. [4] [5] [1] The planned operational range of the BrahMos-II has been restricted to 290 kilometres 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 kilometres (190 mi; 160 nmi). However, now that India is also a MTCR signatory, it is trying to extend the range of BrahMos. [6] 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. [7] [8] Russia is developing a special and secret fuel formula to enable the BrahMos-II to exceed Mach 8. [9]


Design of multiple variants of the missile was completed by October 2011, with testing starting in 2012. [10] Fourth-generation multi-purpose Russian Naval destroyers (Project 21956) are also likely to be equipped with the BrahMos II. [11]

BrahMos Aerospace named the missile BrahMos-II (K) in honour of the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. [12]

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