India successfully carried out a flight test of Solid Fuel Ducted(SFDR) Ramjet propulsion based missile yesterday, the Defence Ministry Said.
The test flight was conducted as a technology demonstration from the Launch Center-III of Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha.
“The flight test met all the mission objectives. The technology of nozzle less booster has been successfully demonstrated in the mission for the first time in the country,” an official statement said.
The 250-kilogram SFDR missile has been under development since 2013. The present missiles use conventional solid fueled or liquid fueled propulsion’s, which have limitations against maneuvering targets. But the SFDR is different than that of conventional propulsion. SDFR will enhance the maneuverability and capability of missile.
“The new technology will help both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles perform better and enhance their strike range making the weapons more lethal. Now India can have fastest long-range missiles in the two categories providing a full-fledged and multi-layered aerial protection from hostile attacks,” the official added.