Missile Accomplished: DRDO Tests Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet Successfully In Odisha; Big Milestone For Make-In-IndiaThe SFDJ missile system being tested. (@DefenceMinIndia via Twitter)

In a fillip to India’s indigenous missile development programme, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully tested the second domestically created Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDJ) missile system at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) near Chandipur, Odisha.

Elements such as ground booster, separation of ground booster and the working of the nozzle-less booster were found to be adequate. The nozzle-less booster was ignited at a high altitude where the missile had been guided in order to simulate conditions of an aircraft launch.

The ramjet Mach number was reached by the missile after acceleration. Throughout the experiment, the trajectory of the projectile was tracked by telemetry and radio stations.

This propulsion technology will be applied in developing India’s long-range air-to-air missile systems and is a major step towards defence indigenisation.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauded the efforts of the team and congratulated DRDO on the success of its test.

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