Indias test launch of homemade hypersonic weapons has been questioned, tested or failed

 Indias test launch of homemade hypersonic weapons has been questioned, tested or failed

Hypersonic Vehicles Developed in India

[Global Network Reporter Xu Luming] As India officially announced the successful testing of hypersonic technology validation aircraft, Indian media questioned the test results and accused India of developing such luxury weapons that did not meet the basic needs of the army.

Indias Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted a hypersonic technology validation flight test on June 12, but it is understood that the test was not successfully completed, according to the LIVEFIST website. The test was conducted on the east coast of India and DRDO issued a brief statement after the test:

The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted a technical validation test today (12 June) to verify some key technologies that will be used in future missions at the Kalan Island Comprehensive Test Site off the coast of Orissa Province. Missiles carrying aircraft were launched at 11:27 a.m., and various radar, telemetry stations and photoelectric tracking sensors were observed and tracked along the flight path. Relevant data were collected and analyzed to verify these key technologies.

LIVEFIST reported that the ambiguous statement did not mention test status, leading to speculation about whether the test had been successful at every node. It has been reported that the fiery fire-1 missile used to carry the aircraft to the corresponding altitude has not completed its mission, which may cause the flight of the hypersonic technology validation vehicle to be affected. Reported that DRDO and Indias Ministry of Defense have not responded to questions about the launch of missiles and verification of the specific status of aircraft.

Indian Agni-1 Missile

Reported that whether the test is successful or not, for a complex new aircraft, the first flight is full of various risks. Although the details of the test of the vehicle platform and the validation vehicle are not yet clear, the hypersonic technology validation vehicle team will strive to find solutions to the problems that arise. If the fire-1 missile on board the aircraft fails and fails to deliver the verification vehicle accurately, the test results will indeed be questioned. In general, however, even if the wrong flight data are obtained, it is also a significant achievement for the testing of advanced aviation technology. This will not solve the problems faced by the test team, but they will try to correct them in the next test.

The hypersonic technology validates that the vehicle is an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a scramjet, capable of cruising at Mach 6 and rising to an altitude of 32.5 kilometers in 20 seconds. In addition to being able to be used in future long-range cruise missiles, hypersonic technology validation vehicles also have a variety of civil applications, such as the ability to launch satellites in a low-cost manner. A DRDO scientist said that the new technology validates that the aircraft has passed the test, and observations from radar and tracking sensors show that the test has been successful. This project has been going on for several years and we want to use it to validate the performance of scramjet at altitudes of 15 to 20 kilometers, he said. Under this project, we are developing a hypersonic vehicle powered by a scramjet.

LIVEFIST reports that Indias hypersonic technology validation aircraft is a curious project, the Indian military has not required such weapons capabilities, and India relies on Russian technology for scramjet. With a shrinking budget, more than one senior Indian military official questioned whether DRDO could prove that such luxury hypersonic vehicle research could meet the basic needs of the army. These are issues DRDO must always consider, and the imbalance between the armys grassroots needs and ambitious future research projects is always frustrating.

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