DRDO’s Hypersonic technology demonstrator vehicle (HSTDV) has successfully demonstrated hypersonic combustion for nearly 02 km/second for more than 20 seconds in its previous test and now has lined up a trial of the scramjet engine for a longer duration that will be soon tested from a ground test facility in Bangalore for a longer duration.

The scramjet engine will be tested for 100 seconds and later for 400 seconds which will be taken up to 600 seconds followed up with 1000 seconds being the final goal. scramjet engine needs to perform in a textbook manner for further long-duration sustained tests that will lead to the development of a full-fledged Hypersonic Cruise Missile program.

With the success of this ground test, DRDO has plans to test HSTDV in the coming years for a longer duration to eventually pave the way for the development of hypersonic weapons.

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