India Tests Indigenous Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

Issue: 7 / 2019

India launched an indigenously-developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) on its maiden test flight from a base off the Odisha coast on June 12, 2019. The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration vehicle that can cruise up to a speed of mach 6 and climb up to an altitude of 32km in 20 seconds. A successful test of the HSTDV could boost the development of a hypersonic cruise missile, the Brahmos II, which is currently under development with Scramjet technology.