Defence Research and Development Organisation is popularly known as DRDO and is the Research and Development wing under Ministry of Defence, Govt of India. The aim of DRDO is to empower India with cutting-edge defence technologies. It has the mission of achieving self-reliance in critical defence technologies. DRDO was established in 1958 post joining Technical Development Establishment (TDEs) of the Indian Army and the Directorate of Technical Development & Production (DTDP) with the Defence Science Organisation (DSO).
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Saab played a crucial role in the in the development of India’s missile and nuclear weapons programs. Hi journey with DRDO’s Aeronautical Development Establishment commenced in 1960. He cherished Dr. Vikram Sarabhai as his mentor and looked up to him for advice and support.
The Hypersonic Technology is powered by a scramjet engine, will play a crucial role in building block for next generation hypersonic cruise missiles. The testing took place on Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast at 11.03 am. We have achieved another feet by becoming India has becoming the fourth country in the world post US, US, Russia, Japan and China, who have already tested this technology with success in the past. As per reports, experts were aware of this development that DRDO had the capacity to develop a hypersonic missile with a scramjet engine in the next five years. They HSTDV effectively performed on all parameters that were being monitored by the DRDO which consisted of air intake, combustion chamber pressure and control guidance.
The unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft is capable of cruising at Mach 6 speed while carrying long-range and hypersonic cruise missiles. As per official report, besides it being utility for long-range cruise missiles of the future, the technology can also provide multiple civilian applications such as launching satellites at low costs, citing government officials. PM NArendra Modi PM Narendra Modi congratulated DRDO for successfully test firing hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) on social media and wrote, “Congratulations to @DRDO_India for 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.”
Defence minister Rajnath Singh applauded DRDO for developing made in India hypersonic tech and was quoted say “I congratulate to DRDO on this landmark achievement towards realising PM’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. I spoke to the scientists associated with the project and congratulated them on this great achievement. India is proud of them.”
DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy also praised scientists, researchers and other personnel-related with HSTDV mission for their “resolute and unwavering efforts towards strengthening India’s defence capabilities”.
The success of HSTDV will help India to bring its next-generation hypersonic missile to live — BrahMos-II. It is currently under development by the DRDO in a collaboration with Russia’s NPO Mashinostroyenia.