DRDO on Saturday successfully tested a hypersonic missile. Shaurya is one of India’s land variant of K-15 missile which possesses a strike of 700 km to 1000 km.
On Saturday, India successfully tested a hypersonic missile. It was conducted at a test range in Odisha. The hypersonic missile is capable of nuclear functions. Named ‘Shaurya’ the missile has a strike range of approximately 1000 km and is indigenously developed, according to defence sources.
Shaurya is one of India’s land variant of K-15 missile which possesses a strike of 700 km to 1000 km. The missile is capable of carrying payloads of 200 kg to 1000 kg. The surface-to-surface tactical missile was fired off from a canister holstered to the ground launcher from launch complex 4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in the APJ Abdul Kalam Island at 12:10 pm and completed the expected range according to the scientists.
The specifications of the missiles are as follows: It weighs about 6.2 tonnes with a diameter of 174 cm It has a two-stage mechanism using solid propellants. The test of the missile was deemed successful according to several sources.
According to the sources, “the state-of-the-art missile performed a manoeuvre in the closing stages of its flight and hit the impact point in the Bay of Bengal with precision and accuracy. A gas generator at the bottom of the canister pushed the missile out it. Its first stage ignited then and fell off. The second stage immediately took place after the first one.
According to a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) official “during the test flight, the missile was tracked by various telemetry stations and radars and performed well.”
DRDO officials have deemed Shaurya as one of the top 10 missiles in the world in its class. Reasons are due to its “high performance navigation and guidance systems, efficient propulsion systems, sophisticated control technologies and canisterised launch.” (Source: HT)