India joins elite club as DRDO tests Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet, can develop long range air-to-air missiles

March 05, 2021 | Updated 4:13 pm

India joins elite club as DRDO tests Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet, can develop long range air-to-air missiles DRDO conducts flight test of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) Technology from ITR Chandipur (Credit: DRDO)

New Delhi: At around 10:30 am on Friday (March 5, 2021), Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology from Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. This will enable India to develop long-range air-to-air missiles. Such technology is available only to a handful of countries in the world.

This test proved many new technologies including Solid Fuel based Ducted Ramjet technology and all the subsystems, including the booster motor and nozzle-less motor, performed as expected.

Successful demonstration of Solid Fuel based Ducted Ramjet technology has provided DRDO with a technological advantage that will enable it to develop long-range air-to-air missiles. At present, such technology is available only to a handful of countries in the world. During the test, the air-launch scenario was simulated using a booster motor. Subsequently, the nozzle-less booster accelerated it to the required Mach number for Ramjet operation.

The performance of the missile was monitored using the data captured by Electro-Optical, Radar and Telemetry instruments deployed by ITR and confirmed successful demonstration of the mission objectives. The launch was monitored by senior scientists of various DRDO labs, including Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory(HEMRL).

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the scientists of DRDO, the Indian Air Force and the Industry on the successful flight test of SFDR.