India became the fourth country in the world after the United States, Russia and China as it develops and successfully tested hypersonic technology from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range (Wheeler Island) in Balasore, Odisha on Monday.

According to reports the test took place from from APJ Abdul Kalam testing range (Wheeler Island) in Balasore, Odisha. The HSTDV has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

After the test, DRDO took to twitter to announce the success.

“In a historic mission today, India successfully flight tested Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), a giant leap in indigenous defence technologies and significant milestone towards a #sashaktbharat and #atmanirbharbharat“, tweets DRDO.

DRDO chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy congratulated all the Scientists, Researchers and other personnel related with #HSTDV mission for their resolute and unwavering efforts towards strengthening Nation’s defence capabilities.

What is HSTDV and its purpose:

-The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed flight. It is being developed as a carrier vehicle for hypersonic and long-range cruise missiles, and will have multiple civilian applications including the launching of small satellites at low cost.

-HSTDV can attain autonomous scramjet flight for 20 seconds, using a solid rocket launch booster. The research will also inform India’s interest in reusable launch vehicles. It can reach Mach 6 at an altitude of 32.5 km

-It can be used to intercept incoming missiles in the outer or the inner atmosphere

-Israel has provided some assistance on the HSTDV program, including wind tunnel testing, as has Cranfield University of the U.K. An unnamed third country is helping as well. According to a report, Russia has provided critical help in the project. India’s main defense-industrial partner is Russia, which has carried out considerable research into hypersonic propulsion

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