The DRDO, India on Monday successfully conducted a test for their indigenous developed hypersonic missile technology. The vehicle reached an impressive speed of Mach 6. India is now one of the 4 nations to develop this futuristic technology.
India, on Monday 9th September achieved a major benchmark. After the United States, Russia and China, we have successfully developed and tested the hypersonic technology. The test was conducted from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range (Wheeler Island) in Balasore, Odisha. The development of a Hypersonic Missile is a major step in the development of the nation. The technology is Indigenous and will be another step forward into creating missiles which travel six times more than the speed of sound. (Mach 6)
The test of Hypersonic Test Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was conducted at 11:03 AM on Monday with the Agni missile booster. The duration of the test was for five minutes.
Personnel present during the Missile’s development claimed that this test signifies that DRDO will now have the capacity to develop a Hypersonic Missile. The Hypersonic Missile will be equipped with a scramjet engine and will be developed within the next five years.
The test was conducted under DRDO Chief Satheesh Reddy and his team. The HSTDV was tested under all necessary parameters, including combustion chamber pressure, air intake and control guidance according to the agency. (Source: TheHindu)
The Agni missile booster took the hypersonic vehicle to a height of 30 km after which the booster detached. Next, the vehicle’s air intake opened which led to a successful firing of the scramjet engine. The vehicle sped up to a staggering Mach 6 and its combustion lasted for more than 20 seconds.
A senior official said, “The vehicle performed successfully on all the pre-determined parameters including the ability to handle combustion temperatures of over 2500 degrees Celsius as well as airspeed.”
The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed flight. Apart from its multiple civilian applications, it also boasts of long-range cruise missiles utility. “It can be used for launching satellites at a low cost too”, government officials claimed. (Source: HindustanTimes)
India’s Defence minister Rajnath Singh was expeditious at commending and congratulating the DRDO after the successful test. He also praised the accomplishment of DRDO on building an indigenous technology for the missile.
“I congratulate to DRDO on this landmark achievement towards realising the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. I spoke to the scientists associated with the project and congratulated them on this great achievement. India is proud of them,” He said in one of his tweets.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the evening, took to twitter to congratulate the organisation on its efforts.