A little over a year after India’s first test of a hypersonic air vehicle didn’t quite go as planned, a second test conducted this morning has been officially declared to be a major success, with the hypersonic vehicle separating successfully and completing a flight with speeds of up to 6 Mach. The test is a credible first step towards an entire family of very high cruise missiles and other weapon systems.
Cutting-edge hypersonic missiles could massively increase the potency of Indian armed forces especially Indian Navy warships in a future conflict. India test fired its first hypersonic missile demonstrator on Monday. The test comes amid heightened tensions with China. There have been a series of clashes and shots fired on the border the same day. The rivalry between Indian and china extends into the maritime domain where the rapid expansion of the Chinese Navy may soon reach into the Indian Ocean, where the Indian navy deployed Aircraft carrier Vikramaditya near south china sea.
Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully demonstrated hypersonic jet super-fueled stamping engine technology by conducting flight tests of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) at 11:03 a.m. on Monday at a launch site near Wheeler Island off the coast of Orissa.
Launched using a proven solid rocket engine, the hypersonic cruiser takes it to an altitude of 30 km, the heat shield is separated by Mach 3, the cruiser is separated from the launch vehicle and the air inflater opens as planned.