Kushal Kumar Jha
DRDO Conducts Successful Flight Test of Indigenous Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)
Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) on Friday has successfully carried out a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology from Integrated Test Range Chandipur off the coast of Odisha at around 1030 hrs. All the subsystems including the booster motor and nozzle-less motor performed as expected. During the test, many new technologies were proven including Solid Fuel based Ducted Ramjet technology. Successful demonstration of Solid Fuel based Ducted Ramjet technology has provided DRDO with a technological advantage that will enable DRDO to develop long-range air-to-air missiles. At present, such technology is available only in 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 DRDL, RCI, and HEMRL. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO scientists, the Indian Air Force, and Industry on the successful flight test of SFDR. Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary DD R&D & Chairman DRDO congratulated the team involved in the successful flight test.