Journal : Global Times (Chinese) Date : Author : Huan Qiu Shi Bao reporter Zhang Wei Page No. : 8
URL : https://www.hqck.net/arc/jwbt/hqsb/2020/0908/530122_8.html

According to the Hindustan Times, India successfully flew the “Hypersonic Test Demonstration Vehicle” (HSTVD) on the 7th at the Abdul Kalam test site in Balasore, Odisha The test marks India’s becoming the fourth country to develop and successfully test hypersonic technology after the United States, Russia and China, and will pave the way for India to develop missiles flying at 6 times the speed of sound.

The article stated that HSTVD was developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India. The test was carried out at 11:03 a.m. local time on the 7th. The “Agni” missile booster engine was used. The test lasted 5 minutes. People familiar with the matter said that this test means that DRDO will develop a hypersonic missile equipped with a scramjet engine in the next five years, which can fly at a speed of more than two kilometers per second.The test was led by Satheesh Reddy, the head of DRDO, and his hypersonic missile development team. DRDO said that this test checked all the parameters of HSTVD, including combustion chamber pressure, air intake and flight control system.

According to reports, at 11:03, the “Agni” missile pushed HSTVD to a height of 30 kilometers and then separated from HSTVD. Subsequently, the scramjet successfully ignited and continued to work for more than 20 seconds, and the HSTVD speed reached Mach 6. A senior official said that HSTVD performed well on all predetermined parameters, including the ability to withstand combustion temperatures exceeding 2500 degrees Celsius and aerodynamic performance.
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