V8 engines being developed to fight anti-satellite missiles, defence experts say.
According to a report in The Hindu, the Indian government has earmarked Rs 8.50 crore for a V8 engine that will fight against the BrahMos-200 and the Brahmos-300 missiles.
The Indian Army is considering developing an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) engine for use in its Brahmos aircrafts.
The engine is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the country’s defence agency, which has been developing the engine since its inception in 2016.
According the DRDO, it has developed and tested several types of anti-missile systems.
It has also built the Brahmo-200, the Brahmabhoomi-500 and the M777 anti-aircraft missiles.
According a defence ministry official, a preliminary design for the anti-space missiles (ASM) engine was ready by March 2019.
It will be launched on the Indian Navy’s newest aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
The official also said the Navy is in the process of finalising the deal for the development of the V8-series engine.