Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday inaugurated the advanced Hypersonic Wind Tunnel (HWT) test facility, making India the third country after the US and Russia to have such a facility.
The state-of-the-art HWT Test facility is “pressure vacuum driven enclosed free jet facility having nozzle exit diameter of 1 metre and will simulate Mach No 5 to 12 (Mach represents the multiplication factor to the speed of sound)”, a defence release said.
After America and Russia, India is the third country to have such a large facility in terms of size and operating capability. It is an indigenous development and an outcome of synergistic partnership with Indian industries.
The facility has the capability to simulate hypersonic flow over a wide spectrum and will play a major role in the realization of highly complex futuristic aerospace and defence systems.
The contributions of DRDO Young Scientist Labs and the DRDO needs to focus on next generation needs, including cyber security, space and artificial intelligence and evolve roadmaps.
The immense potential available in DRDO has been a catalyst for the development of industries and defence manufacturing sector. Raksha Mantri urged DRDO scientists to make India a Super Military Power thereby making India a Super Power.
Hyderabad-based DRDO labs showcased various indigenously developed systems and technologies in wide ranging areas including missiles, avionics systems, advanced materials, electronic warfare, quantum key distribution technology, directed energy weapons, Gallium Arsenide and Gallium Nitride technology capabilities.
Two anti-drone technologies were demonstrated by DRDO labs.
The Defence Minister, who addressed the DRDO fraternity, applauded the recent series of successful missions and technological achievements by various clusters of the organisation.
This included the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV), Anti-Radiation Missile (RUDRAM), Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM), Supersonic Missile Assisted Release Torpedo (SMART) and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology during the last six months.