INDIA JOINS THE LEAGUE OF THE HYPERSONIC MISSILE CLUB
India has become the fourth country to do so after US, Russia and China.
The three countries, of course, are leagues ahead in the race to develop aerodynamically manoeuvrable hypersonic weapons that can defeat enemy missile defence systems. China, in fact, flaunted its DF-17 missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle at its national military parade last year.
In March this year, the United States announced it had successfully tested an unarmed prototype of a hypersonic missile. According to the reports, China and Russia are also vigorously pursuing hypersonic weapons, though Russia is reportedly not developing or considering them for use with a nuclear warhead. In July, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country’s Navy vessels would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which, he said, are in the final phase of testing.
“It’s a major technological breakthrough. The air-breathing scramjet engine was successfully flight-tested at hypersonic speed within the atmosphere, meeting all technical parameters. The test paves the way for development of many more critical technologies, materials and hypersonic vehicles,” said
Congratulating DRDO, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “The scramjet engine developed by our scientists helped achieve a speed of 6 times the speed of sound! Very few countries have such capability today.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO immediately after the test for successfully flight testing 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 also added that
DRDO has made a landmark achievement towards realising the Prime Minister'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."
Reporter: Agni Tejas