New Delhi (NVI): Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) today successfully carried out the flight test on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology, off Odisha coast.
The test was carried out at around 10.30 am from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch platform at Chandipur.
During the test, many new technologies were proven, including Solid Fuel based Ducted Ramjet technology, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
“All the subsystems, including the booster motor and nozzle-less motor, performed as expected,” it added.
The successful demonstration of SFDR technology has provided DRDO with a technological advantage which will enable it to develop long range air-to-air missiles.
At present, such technology is available only with a handful of countries in the world.
The performance of the missile was monitored using the data captured by electro optical, radar and telemetry instruments deployed by ITR and confirmed successful demonstration of the mission objectives, the statement noted.
According to the Defence Ministry, an air launch scenario was simulated using a booster motor during the test. Subsequently, the nozzle-less booster accelerated it to the required Mach number for Ramjet operation.
The launch was monitored by senior scientists of various DRDO labs, including Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL).
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the scientists of DRDO, Indian Air Force and the industry on the successful flight test of SFRD.
Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy also appreciated the team involved in the successful flight test, the statement added.