Oh my bad then."Last March, we flight tested the indigenously made seeker, and booster also would be shortly tested in about two months. We would be reaching to a localization of about 85 per cent in this," he said.
Yeah. Besides the engine what else is Russian ? Warhead ?15% is a pretty high price for the cost of the engine actually, especially since it's just a one-use system. Also, the Russians are probably raking in at least 200% or more in profits due to the weaker currency, as I had explained before.
With CAASTA and all exporting the Brahmos is very difficult anyway. So I don't think there will be any exports anytime soon. Very surprised with the Philippines planning to acquire it though. They got a waiver ?AFAIK, almost everything Russian was supposed to be manufactured through ToT, with the rest being Indianised. But the Russians denied ToT for most of the stuff, hence the need to go for indigenisation. Also, even the engine was supposed to be transferred, as you already know, but I guess we decided to switch with Indian IP for everything in lieu of the engine. And engine imports continued in order to keep the JV functioning as one. I suppose the alternative was they wouldn't allow the missile for export if we replaced the engine too. Obsolescence also played its part, we would obviously want to keep upgrading the electronics and such, as the Russian stuff got old.
I can only see the relation getting increasingly acrimonious. As such JVs will be more ceremonial than functional. If the Brahmos-2 gets a Russian engine it will probably be used as a stopgap until our own scramjets arrive. That is the best case scenario I can think of.For Brahmos-1, after 20+ years, it would make political and financial sense to continue with the arrangement. We have obviously benefited a lot through Russia. But, for Brahmos-2, if we end up replacing the engine, then 100% of the technologies would be Indian, but we will still have to share 49.5% with Russia, so it wouldn't make sense to continue the program with the Russians. However it would make sense if the Russians simply hand over the engine for Brahmos-2, as they did for Brahmos-1. That's the only way for the JV to make sense.
The HSTDV based weapons wont have a full powered flight. The scramjet will be ON for about 300-350 seconds. The rest of the flight will be booster driven or gliding flight.As for HSTDV, I honestly don't believe we will make what we want faster than just Indianising the Zircon. DRDO's claim of weaponising it in 4-5 years seems a bit unrealistic after just 1 flight test. You have already seen the kind of nonsense DRDO scientists keep pushing on us. Nevertheless, going by their timeframe, then we can assume that 4-5 years to design and build prototypes, 3-5 years for flight testing and user trials, 2 years to begin delivery, other potential delays, will take us into the mid-2030s. I don't believe the forces will wait patiently for DRDO to finish this on their own, when a Zircon-derived Brahmos-2 can be had within less than half that time.
There's also capability. We know Zircon does at least mach 8-9 to 1000Km. If we assume it manages 3 Km/s, we will have the scramjet burning for at least 6 minutes. Otoh, our only known HSTDV test was at 2 Km/s for 20 seconds, so it's only at the very first step as a mere demonstrator, while Zircon is at the very last step as a weapon.
ISRO will soon conduct a flight test of the HAVA which is a Mach 6-7 scramjet powered vehicle flying for >250 sec. There is a great deal of tech sharing between ISRO & DRDO for strategic projects. I don't see why DRDO wont be involved with that project & can't learn from that experience. If quick weaponization is the intention borrow ISRO's scramjet & make a Mach 6-7 cruise missile. Meanwhile DRDO can also continue on upping the speed of their engine.
4-5 years is ambitious, not impossible.