India first tested HSTDV in June last year
HSTDV is an unmanned scrambling technology demonstrator that can cruise to a speed of Mach 6. And rise to an altitude of 32 kilometers in 20 seconds.
India successfully conducted a test flight of a locally-developed Supersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) on Monday. And joined the elite group of countries that have this technology, namely the United States, Russia, and China.
HSDTV has a wide range of uses, including future missiles for air defense, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
In addition, energy-saving, low-cost, and reusable satellite launch vehicles have been developed.
Prior to this, India acquired the ability to use missiles to shoot down satellites in space last year. And proved that the country had acquired a submarine-based nuclear deterrent capability in 2018.
As it happens, Monday’s test also comes at a time when relations between India and China clashed over the Chinese army’s invasion of Indian territory. Tensions reached unprecedented levels and thousands of soldiers faced off across the border.
Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) confirmed the success of the flight test of HSTDV on Monday.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Speaking of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “self-reliance” campaign to transform Asia’s third-largest economy into a manufacturing hub. He said: “I congratulate DRDO on achieving PM’s contribution to Atmanirbhar Bharat. This milestone achievement in terms of vision”. “I talked with the scientists involved in the project and congratulated them on their great achievements. India is proud of them.”
India first tested HSTDV in June last year. Like last year, Monday’s test was conducted at Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s launch site on Wheeler Island off the coast of the Orissa Sea.
The statement provided details of the test. The statement stated that the hypersonic cruise vehicle was launched using a previously tested solid rocket motor and propelled it to an altitude of 30 kilometers. The aerodynamic heat shield was separated by a hypersonic Mach number or speed.
“The scramjet works under high dynamic pressure and very high temperature. A ship was also deployed in the Bay of Bengal to monitor the performance of the supersonic vehicle during the cruise phase. All performance indicators indicate that the mission was a complete success.”