DRDO’s Solid Fued Ducted Ramjet Missile: India’s apex defence research organization, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Thursday successfully flight tested Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) booster technology at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha in eastern India. The test successfully demonstrated the reliable functioning of all critical components involved in the complex missile system and met all the mission objectives, said the ministry of defence.
Officials said the SFDR-based propulsion enables the missile to intercept aerial threats at very long range at supersonic speeds.
“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 MoD said.
DRDO’s Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet technology
The Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) has been developed by the 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.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the test was an important milestone towards development of critical missile technologies in the country.
G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of the DRDO said with the successful trial of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology, the range of air-to-air missiles can be increased.