India Successfully Tested Home-Grown Hypersonic Technology, Vehicle's 6-Time Faster Than Speed Of Sound

Aadhya Khatri - Sep 14, 2020


India Successfully Tested Home-Grown Hypersonic Technology, Vehicle's 6-Time Faster Than Speed Of Sound

With this success, India is the latest country to jump on the bandwagon of hypersonic technology development alongside China, Russia, and the US

Last Monday, India’s Defence Ministry announced the successful test of a home-grown hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle with an air-breathing scramjet engine on the inside.

With this success, India is the latest country to jump on the bandwagon of hypersonic technology development alongside China, Russia, and the US.

The demonstrator vehicle took flight from an island off the Odisha coast on September 7, at 11 A.M. The technology was developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and as stated by experts there, it could fly six times faster than the speed of sound.

India hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle
The technology was developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

According to the ministry, the rocket motor that launched the hypersonic cruise vehicle was able to bring it to an altitude of 30 kilometers. After that, the launch and the cruise vehicle separated and the air intake opened as it should.

In a statement, DRDO said the demonstration confirmed the success of several important technologies including scramjet propulsion for igniting and sustaining combustion at hypersonic flow, the aerodynamic configuration used in hypersonic manoeuvers, and high-temperature materials’ thermo-structural characterization.

Scientists at DRDO said the vehicle would be used for the launch of both long-range cruise and hypersonic missiles.

India hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle launch
The vehicle would be used for the launch of both long-range cruise and hypersonic missiles

He said the ministry has poured in more than $4.5 million for the development of the prototype and three more tests would take place in the course of five years to turn the platform into a fully-developed hypersonic weapon that can carry both nuclear and conventional warheads.

DRDO has spent around $30 million on the development and design phases.

PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter to congratulate DRDO, saying that only a few countries had been able to achieve what the ministry has done with the hypersonic technology.

According to Rajnath Singh – India’s Defence Minister, this successful test is an important achievement for India to become a self-reliant country and reducing dependence on foreign technology.

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