On fast track: Deadly new hypersonic missiles to give India strategic edge


After a long struggle it appears that India’s Hypersonic Missile programme is taking some shape. On 12 Jun 2019, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) launched a Hypersonic Technology Development Vehicle (HSTDV).

There is no official information available about exactly what this test did achieve. It’s very difficult to quantify precisely what this test did achieve and what it did not. As per DRDO, the missile was successfully launched and various radars, telemetry stations and electro-optical tracking sensors tracked the vehicle through its course. Now, detailed analysis of collected data would be done by the scientists.

However, no detailed data assessment requiring more than eight days’ time is required to announce details about the status of the carrier and demonstrator vehicle’s performance. Read more

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