What’s a hypersonic missile India is building and how it is different from other missiles – ThePrint

DRDO tests the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle at Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha Monday | Photo: ANI
DRDO tests the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle at Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha Monday | Photo: ANI

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New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Monday successfully test-fired the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV), making India the fourth country in the world after the US, China and Russia to develop such technology.

Monday’s test, carried out from Abdul Kalam Island (formerly Wheeler Island) off the coast of Odisha, came a year after the DRDO had first tested the futuristic technology. But it had not met all the parameters then.

The successful test Monday will pave the way for missiles that can travel at six times the speed of sound. India will reportedly make its first hypersonic missile in the next five years.

ThePrint delves into what the HSTDV means for India, and which hypersonic and other missiles are available to major militaries across the world.

What does test firing of HSTDV mean for India? 

The HSTDV is an unmanned scramjet demonstration aircraft for hypersonic speed
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