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The High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL), a premier Indian defense laboratory, has achieved a significant breakthrough in portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) technology. HEMRL has successfully developed a new type of propellant specifically designed for such missiles.

This new propellant, called Dual Thrust Extruded Double Base (EDB) propellant, has undergone rigorous testing and emerged victorious. It has performed flawlessly in static trials, dynamic trials, and numerous flight tests.

The key to this success lies in the propellant’s unique design. HEMRL scientists have incorporated special burn rate modifiers into the EDB propellant formulation. This allows the propellant to achieve a precisely crafted “dual thrust” profile.

The “dual thrust” refers to the propellant’s ability to generate two distinct thrust levels during the missile’s flight. This capability offers several advantages:

  • Desired Pressure-Time and Thrust-Time Profile: The propellant tailors the pressure and thrust exerted on the missile throughout its flight path, optimizing its performance.
  • Increased Maximum Range: By efficiently managing thrust, the propellant extends the missile’s operational range, allowing it to engage targets at a greater distance.
  • Meeting Ballistic Requirements: The propellant’s burning characteristics ensure the missile adheres to its ballistic performance parameters, guaranteeing accurate targeting and effective engagement.