Balasore, Feb 9: Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully flight tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) propulsion based missile system from ITR, Chandipur, Odisha on Friday.
This SFDR is 2nd indigenously developed missile system from DRDO. Ground booster, separation of the ground booster and Nozzle-less-booster performance were found satisfactory. The missile was guided to high altitude to simulate aircraft release conditions and subsequently, nozzle-less-booster was ignited. SFDR based missile accelerated to achieve ramjet Mach number successfully. The trajectory was tracked by telemetry and radar stations till touchdown. All the mission objectives have been met.
The Defense statement said, “The success of SFDR propulsion technology is a significant milestone and will pave the way for the development of long-range air-to-air missiles in the country.”
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitaraman congratulated DRDO and associated team members for the “stupendous” mission. She said, “This is a significant milestone towards the development of indigenous long-range air-to-air missile by DRDO India.”