SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
In the realm of cutting-edge aerospace technology and missile development, precision is paramount. The National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) in India is leading the charge in the design and fabrication of wind tunnel models for the NASM-MR cruise vehicle, a subsonic cruise missile with applications in both ground and air launch scenarios. This endeavour represents a crucial step in fine-tuning the aerodynamic characteristics of this remarkable missile.
The NASM-MR, or New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile-Medium Range, is a subsonic cruise missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in India.
This versatile missile boasts a three-phase journey:
- Launch Vehicle Phase: This is the initial stage of the missile’s journey, where it’s propelled from its launch platform, setting it on its course.
- Coasting Phase with Closed Intake: In this phase, the missile gracefully glides through the air with its intake closed, manoeuvring towards its target.
- Cruise Phase with Open Intake and Engine Active: The missile’s intake opens, and its engine comes to life, propelling it forward with precision and purpose.
The NASM-MR’s configurations, including those for the Launch Vehicle (LV), Coasting Vehicle (CV), and subsonic air intake, have been meticulously designed and characterized using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). These configurations have been carefully scrutinized and approved by the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) committee.
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