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India proves hypersonic technology for next-generation missiles

11th September 2020 - 21:13 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi


On 7 September the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully demonstrated hypersonic air-breathing scramjet technology, with a successful flight test of its Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) off the coast of Odisha in eastern India.

A first test failed last year when the missile lost control midway through its flightpath.

This programme will have future applications for next-generation missiles and aerial systems.

Mathew George, a regional defence analyst, told Shephard: ‘The ability to conduct this test is the confluence of several different technologies coming together. In addition, its maturity allows India to further develop a class of missiles

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Neelam Mathews


Neelam Mathews

Neelam Mathews was born in India and completed her education in London.

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