DRDO successfully flight tested the indigenously-developed hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) that is expected to power futuristic long-range missile systems and aerial platforms.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated all the DRDO team for successfully testing the HSTDV and called it a landmark achievement. “The @DRDO_India has today successfully flight tested the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle using the indigenously developed scramjet propulsion system. With this success, all critical technologies are now established to progress to the next phase,” he tweeted.
The Defence ministry said in a press release, “The hypersonic cruise vehicle was launched using a proven solid rocket motor, which took it to an altitude of 30 kilometers (km), where the aerodynamic heat shields were separated at hypersonic Mach number. The cruise vehicle separated from the launch vehicle and the air intake opened as planned”.
PM Modi also wrote on his twitter handle, “Congratulations to @DRDO_India for the successful flight of the Hypersonic Test Demonstration Vehicle today. The scramjet engine developed by our scientists helped the flight achieve a speed 6 times the speed of sound! Very few countries have such capability today.”
India became the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to develop and test the HSTDV.