Today India enters the elite missile club along with the United States, Russia and China after it fortunately flight tested the hyper-sonic technology which will pave the way towards the growth of the missiles travelling at six times the speed of sound.



Defence minister of India Rajnath Singh stated that he highly appreciated the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation) for accomplishing this milestone.


What are Hypersonic Vehicles?

  • It is a kind of a vehicle that travels at least 4 times faster than the speed of sound (or even greater than that, but minimum 4).
  • They have a special type of jet engine, namely supersonic combustion Ramjet or basically called scramjet which helps making flying through the atmosphere possible.
  • The hyper sonic plane usually uses a rocket engine.


All you need to know about DRDO’s Hypersonic vehicle

  • During the cruise phase of this Hypersonic vehicle, a ship was also brought into effect in the Bay of Bengal so as to monitor it’s performance.
  • Today, at 11:03 am located from the APJ Abdul Kalam Launch Complex at Wheeler Island, the DRDO successfully managed to demonstrate the Hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology along with the flight test of Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV).
  • Also, as it was planned previously the two parts i.e., cruise vehicle separated from the launch vehicle with which the air intake opened.
  • With the use of a proven solid rocket motor, the cruise was launched. Eventually, that took it to an altitude of 30 km, where in the aerodynamic heat shields were being separated at hypersonic Mach number. This was also stated by the DRDO.
  • Logistics of the scramjet engine includes, working at high dynamic pressure and at extremely high temperature.
  • The hypersonic combustion strengthening the combustion (process of burning), the cruise vehicle continued on its way of the flight path at a velocity of six times the speed of sound.

With all of these positive comebacks and successful demonstration, our nation has become the member of the hypersonic regime and this is a step towards the manufacture of advanced Hypersonic Vehicles.



Scope of HSTDV project

  • Mainly focusing on the autonomous flight of a scramjet integrated vehicle. So that, it can have multiple civilian applications.
  • Also, in the military aspect, they use this in the shape of long-range cruise missiles.
  • Including launching of the satellites at a very low-cost.
  • This will serve as the building blocks for the upcoming generation HYPERSONIC vehicles, which is collaborated with the Indian industry.


Dr G Satheesh Reddy being the DRDO chairman, felicitated all the researchers, scientists and other personnel staff related to the specific mission for their unremarkable hardwork and efforts into this mission and for building up the nation’s defence capabalities.

The Hypersonic vehicle was in process since quite a few years and now we’ve finally made through this. Such a proud moment for all the Indians!!!