India on Monday entered the elite missile club joining United States, Russia and China after it successfully flight tested hypersonic technology that will pave the way towards development of missiles travelling at six times the speed of sound. With this successful demonstration, the country has become the member of the hypersonic regime. This is a step towards manufacture of advanced Hypersonic Vehicles.
India becomes 4th country to test hypersonic missile technology: All you need to know
- India has joined United States, Russia and China to test hypersonic missile technology that will pave the way towarsd development of missiles travelling at 6 times the speed of sound.
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully demonstrated the Hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) at 11:03 am on Monday from the APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha.
- The Hypersonic cruise vehicle was launched using a proven solid rocket motor, which took it to an altitude of 30 km, where the aerodynamic heat shields were separated at hypersonic Mach number, DRDO said in a statement.
- The cruise vehicle separated from the launch vehicle and the air intake opened as planned.
- The hypersonic combustion sustained and the cruise vehicle continued on its desired flight path at a velocity of six times the speed of sound.
- Critical functions such as fuel injection and auto ignition of scramjet have demonstrated technological maturity. The scramjet engine performed in a textbook manner.
- The parameters of launch and cruise vehicle, including scramjet engine, were monitored by multiple tracking radars, electro-optical systems and Telemetry Stations.
- The scramjet engine worked at high dynamic pressure and at very high temperature.
- A ship was also deployed in the Bay of Bengal to monitor the performance during the cruise phase of hypersonic vehicle.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has appreciated the DRDO for achieving this milestone.
All the performance parameters have indicated a resounding success of the mission. With this successful demonstration, many critical technologies such as aerodynamic configuration for Hypersonic manoeuvers, use of scramjet propulsion for ignition and sustained combustion at hypersonic flow, thermo-structural characterisation of high temperature materials and separation mechanism at hypersonic.
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