Have read a lot of debates around and in this forum about supersonic and hypersonic cruise missiles, brahmos is one of them.
Now most of debates end up which two sides of the coin...
argument for high speed says,
--- it reduces reaction time
---- it increases kinectic energy hence total amount of damage
---- High speed enhances 'LO' characteristics
---- High speed enables usage of Ram and Scram jet engines
arguments for high speed cruise missiles says:
---- Increased speed reduces maneuverability hence giving edge to anti missile systems.
---- The cost and effort of development is not worth it.
---- Hypersonic flight would require huge metallurgical advancements hence huge amount of money and research.
Please take time to add to these lists ...
Guys, my take is that the for argument is stronger, and a recent dive test of brahmos proves the fact however i am open to a debate, keeping it civil and technical.
Technical gurus are required for inputs for pro's and con's.