India plans on developing super missiles following the footsteps of China, the United States, and Russia as it completes a successful flight of the hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) for the first time.
This week India entered the world of hypersonic technologies after it successfully conducted a flight test of the indigenously developed hypersonic vehicle carrier that has been made with the aim to power long-range missiles. This is being considered as the first step to entering the sphere of ultra-modern weaponry where the weapons can travel six times faster than the speed of sound. The specialties of these types of missiles are that the technologies within the missiles help it to cover low lying areas and makes it very hard to get traced. It will take another four years to completely get into the space of hypersonic missiles where only China, the US, and Russia have successfully entered.
“The DRDO has successfully demonstrated the hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology with the flight test of HSTDV at 1103 hours from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam launch complex at Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha on Monday,” the defense ministry statement said.
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, also congratulated the efforts of the Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO) as he tweeted, “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.”
Hypersonic missiles have a speed in excess of Mach 5 and any improvement over the already existing technologies such as ramjet and scramjet engines will result in them operating effectively at hypersonic speed and will allow supersonic combustion. Experts have pointed out that such missiles can be extremely helpful as they will move closer to the target in the upper atmosphere before being launched on rockets. They can also be used for their unpredictability and for areas that follow a low trajectory or have a flat surface.
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