India test fires Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle capable of Mach 6

India achieved a major milestone on Wednesday when the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully launched a Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) to provide a number of critical technologies for futuristic missions from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. The Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle was test-fired from launch pad number-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island in Odisha’s Balasore district.

The DRDO said in a press release that the missile was successfully launched at 1127 Hours (11:27 am). The HSTDV was tracked by various radars, telemetry stations and electro optical tracking sensors through its course. According to DRDO, the HSTDV has collected the data which will be analysed by DRDO scientists to validate the critical technologies.

The HSTDV comes equipped with scramjet engine and it is capable of cruising at Mach 6. It has multiple civilian applications and can also be used for launching satellites at low cost and long-range cruise missile, IANS reported. Only the United States of America (USA), Russia and China possess the technology to develop hypersonic missiles and India is the fourth nation in the elite league.

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