New Delhi: Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday, April 8, successfully flight-tested a propulsion system that enables a missile to intercept aerial threats at very long range at supersonic speeds. The Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) booster was tested at the integrated test range in Chandipur off the coast of Odisha.
The DRDO in a release said the test successfully demonstrated the reliable functioning of all critical components involved in the complex missile system and met all the mission objectives.
“The SFDR-based propulsion enables the missile to intercept aerial threats at very long range at supersonic speeds,” the release added.
The DRDO further said the performance of the system has been confirmed from the data captured by a number of range instruments like Telemetry, Radar and Electro Optical Tracking Systems deployed by ITR.
“The SFDR has been developed by Defence Research and Development Laboratory, Hyderabad, in collaboration with other DRDO laboratories such as Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad and High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Pune.
Meanwhile, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the DRDO for the successful trial of SFDR.
Singh termed it as an important milestone towards development of critical missile technologies in the country.
Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and DRDO chairman, complimented the teams involved in design, development and testing.
Dr Reddy said the range of air-to-air missiles can now be enhanced with the successful trial of SFDR.