India successfully test scramjet technology for hypersonic missiles
NEW DELHI: India on Monday successfully tested an indigenously-developed hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) powered by a scramjet engine, which will serve as a critical building block for next-generation hypersonic cruise missiles.
The HSTDV test, conducted from the Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast at 11.03 am to demonstrate the autonomous flight of a scramjet integrated vehicle, propelled India right into an extremely exclusive hypersonic club consisting of the US, Russia and China as of now.
The three countries, of course, are leagues ahead in the race to develop aerodynamically manoeuverable hypersonic (over Mach 5 speeds) weapons that can defeat enemy missile defence systems. China, in fact, flaunted its DF-17 missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle at its national military parade last year.
In the Indian test on Monday, the hypersonic `cruise vehicle sustained its scramjet-powered flight path at a velocity of six times the speed of sound (Mach 6, or nearly 2-km per second) for 22-24 seconds. It auto-ignited to fly on its own after separating from the `launch vehicle’, which took it to an altitude of 30-km. The launch vehicle, in turn, was powered by the proven solid-propellant rocket motor of an Agni ballistic missile.
“It’s a major technological breakthrough. The air-breathing scramjet engine was successfully flight-tested at hypersonic speed within the atmosphere, meeting all technical parameters. The test paves the way for development of many more critical technologies, materials and hypersonic vehicles,” said DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy, speaking to TOI.
Congratulating DRDO, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “The scramjet engine developed by our scientists helped achieve a speed of 6 times the speed of sound! Very few countries have such capability today.”
Defence minister Rajnath Singh, in turn, said it was a “landmark achievement” towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. It’s now time to progress to the next phase with “all critical technologies” being established by the successful HSTDV flight test, using the indigenously developed scramjet propulsion system, he added.
The next phase will be to develop long-range hypersonic cruise missiles, which DRDO scientists said would be possible in the next five to six years. The complex technology behind the HSTDV, the maiden launch of which had failed in June last year, also has civilian applications like low cost launching of small satellites.
India, of course, still has to achieve sustained scramjet-powered hypersonic flight for a few minutes, which has been demonstrated by the US, Russia and China.
India and Indians can do it. Jai Jawan Jai Hind
ISRO and DRDO are Super Heroes of the nation. Congratulations!!
Bharat Mata Ki Jai. watch out china soon we will match you and then will surely overtake you.
This is the difference between the Congress go nments and this one. The desire to be second to none was not there earlier, in fact they were happy to play second fiddle and import everything as that was very lucrative for themselves.
Very next target should be to come up with BVRAAM more than 250 KMS....with SFDR technology.....And ofcourse the hypersonic version of Brahmos...
Harshad B Chauhan
Dr MMS made DRDO a dead elephant. In last 5-6 years, the same DRDO is doing excellant job.
Waste Your Time Blogging
Congratulations DRDO.. This project was on for a while, this is critical and important strategic achievement...
祝贺DRDO . .这个项目进行的时间不长，这是至关重要的战略成就……
Congratulations to all DRDO scientists. Feel very proud and happy.
Now we need to fire PLA with the same
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO DRDO AND PM MODI! FIRST TARGET SHOULD BE CHINA!
Kudos to our scientists and DRDO!
This indigenous tech places India on the high pedestal internationally for tectonic powers wanting to woo India on to their side. ..... The beggar neighbour is left high and dry far behind.
Jai hind ke scientists ... Carry on . Realy boost govt should continue for strengthening army.
Congratulations! Proud moment for all Indians.
INDIA ON THE MOVES. GOOD NEWS BEST TO COME YET
Now,we believe that India can do it. Being the fourth Nation to have successfully manufactured the HSTDV, it is a proud moment for our PM and as well for the 130 crores people of the country. India is no less, as expected, India will be the Super Power one day and China will just look on.
Another sleepless night for CHINI PAK bhai bhai countries..
Does Raul Vinci know what is this ?
Great achievement by Modi govt
R S waraich
What has Modi done?