Kautilya Academy 07-09-2020
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle at 11 am on September 7, 2020, from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha.
The successful flight test of the indigenously-developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) enabled the successful demonstration of the Hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology, which is a major technological breakthrough for India.
The successful testing of Hypersonic scramjet Technology has paved the way forward for the development of more critical technologies, materials and hypersonic vehicles. This also places India in a selected club of nations that have demonstrated this technology.
• The Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle is expected to power futuristic long-range missile systems and aerial platforms.
• The HSTDV, based on hypersonic propulsion technologies, has been indigenously developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
• With the successful test flight of the HSTDV, India has demonstrated capabilities for highly complex technology that will serve as the building block for next-generation hypersonic vehicles in partnership with the domestic defence industry.
What is the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle?
The Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle powers cruise missiles and operate on scramjet engines that can attain the speed of around Mach 6, which is far more advanced than ramjet engines that are used currently.