The Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, saw the DRDO successfully flight test the Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) booster on Friday. According to the Ministry of Defence, the flight test successfully confirmed the reliable operation of all vital components in the complex missile system, as well as meeting all mission goals.
The SFDR booster’s flight test was carried out about 8:30 a.m. on Friday. With this successful study, India has joined a small group of countries around the world that have this technology. DRDO had previously completed a successful flight demonstration using Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet technology in March 2021. The display also gave the DRDO an advantage, allowing it to build long-range air-to-air missiles, according to the Defence Ministry.
Meanwhile, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh commended DRDO on a successful SFDR trial on Friday, calling it a “major milestone” in the country’s development of crucial missile technologies. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO, praised the teams engaged in the Ramjet booster’s design, development, and testing, saying that the successful trial will help to expand the range of air-to-air missiles.
The SFDR (Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet) is an Indian missile propulsion system developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The project was started to develop crucial technology for future Indian long-range air-to-air missile propulsion systems.
Furthermore, the missile’s SFDR-based propulsion allows it to intercept aerial threats at supersonic speeds over vast distances. Data from a variety of range instruments, including Telemetry, Radar, and Electro-Optical Tracking Systems (EOTS) deployed by ITR, has corroborated the system’s performance.
The SFDR was developed in partnership with other DRDO institutes such as Research Centre Imarat in Hyderabad and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory in Pune.