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In a significant stride towards self-reliance in defence technology, Dr. Samir V. Kamat, Secretary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), announced the development of indigenous fuel for the ramjet engine of the BrahMos missile and scramjet propulsion systems. This advancement is set to play a crucial role in reducing India’s dependence on foreign sources for critical defence technologies.

The development of indigenous fuel for ramjet and scramjet engines marks a pivotal moment for India’s defence capabilities. Ramjet engines, which power the supersonic BrahMos missile, rely on air-breathing propulsion technology, making them highly efficient at high speeds. Scramjet engines, a variant of ramjets, are designed for hypersonic speeds and are key to next-generation missile systems.

By developing these fuels indigenously, India not only ensures a steady and reliable supply but also enhances its technological sovereignty. This move aligns with the broader vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ (Self-Reliant India), aiming to reduce dependence on foreign technologies and enhance domestic capabilities.

Dr. Kamat also confirmed that DRDO is intensifying its focus on developing hypersonic missiles, both cruise and glide variants. Hypersonic missiles, capable of traveling at speeds greater than Mach 5, represent the cutting edge of military technology.

The development of indigenous fuel for scramjet engines is another critical advancement. Scramjets enable sustained hypersonic flight by utilizing atmospheric oxygen for combustion, which significantly reduces the weight of the vehicle by eliminating the need to carry oxidizers.

This technology is essential for future hypersonic cruise missiles, potentially transforming the landscape of strategic warfare. Indigenous fuel development for scramjets ensures that India remains at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology, capable of developing and deploying advanced hypersonic systems independently.

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