Defence minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the advanced Hypersonic Wind Tunnel test facility in Hyderabad last evening. The state-of-the-art facility is pressure vaccum driven enclosed free jet facility with nozzle exit of one-meter diameter.
According to a defence release, this will simulate Mach 5 to 12. Mach represent the multiplication factor to the speed of sound, making India the third country after the US and Russia to have such a facility.
With this India has become the third country to have such a huge facility in size and capability after America and Russia. The project is an indigenous development and an outcome of synergistic partnership with Indian industries. Defence Minister visited Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex of the Defence Research Development Organisation during his two day visit to Hyderabad and asked the DRDO scientists to Make India a Super Military Power.
He appreciated the contributions of the DRDO Young Scientists Lab and emphasised the need for focussing on next generation needs to address challenges like cyber security, space and artificial intelligence. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy and DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy accompanied Raksha Mantri during the visit.
Hyderabad-based DRDO labs showcased various indigenously developed systems and technologies in wide ranging areas including missiles, avionics systems, advanced materials and electronic warfare. Two anti-drone technologies were also demonstrated by DRDO labs on the occasion.