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DRDO successfully tests indigenous hypersonic technology

DRDO successfully tests indigenous hypersonic technology

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday carried out a test of the developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle. The test will define the future of long-range missile systems and aerial platforms.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO on its great achievement. He shared a video clip of the test launch on Twitter.

DRDO launched the indigenously developed HSTDV at 11:00 a.m. from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island in Balasore, Odisha.

The success facilitates establishment of critical technologies to progress to the next phase.

The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft which can cruise at a speed of Mach 6 and move up to an altitude of 32.5 km in 20 seconds.

Only a few counties will have that technology. If it is achieved successfully, India will enter a select club of countries that have such technology.

It has many applications and is useful in different ways.

It paves the way to develop missiles travelling at six times the speed of sound. It is useful for the development of long-range cruise missiles in future. It also enables launching low-cost satellites.

The DRDO will have the capacity to develop hypersonic missile with scramjet engine in the coming years. These missiles can travel at speeds exceeding two kilometers per second.

DRDO chief Satheesh Reddy and his team carried out this test. The test was performed on all parameters like air intake, chamber pressure, and control guidance.

It successfully handled combustion temperatures of over 2500 degrees Celsius and air speed as well.

With this successful testing of hypersonic technology, India joins the United States, Russia and China.

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