Hyderabad: Defence minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated India's first advanced hypersonic wind tunnel (HWT) test facility at DRDO's Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex on 19 December. After the US and Russia, India is the third country to have such a large facility in terms of size and operating capability.

According to a press release, the state-of-the-art HWT test facility is pressure vacuum driven enclosed free jet facility with a nozzle exit diameter of one meter. It will simulate Mach no. 5 to 12 (Mach represents the multiplication factor to the speed of sound). 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 realisation of highly complex futuristic aerospace and defence systems.

The defence minister visited DRDO's Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex during his visit to Hyderabad on Saturday. During his visit, the DRDO demonstrated two anti-drone technologies and DRDO Young Scientists' Laboratory - Asymmetric Technologies (DYSL-AT) and RCI demonstrated drone and innovative anti-drone technologies. It has multiple capabilities, including neutralising ground targets and anti-drone applications to counter stationery as well as high-speed moving targets. Key features of the weapon system include secure communication link, effective recoil management system, high firing angular resolution and vision-based target detection and tracking.

Meanwhile, G. Kishan Reddy, the Union minister of state for Home Affairs, laid the foundation stone of explosive test facility for propellant and explosive systems. This facility will be used for design validation and evaluation of missile sub-systems under different environmental conditions. He appreciated the efforts of DRDO and said he was happy that such high technology work was happening in the Hyderabad region.

Mr. Singh appreciated the endeavors of contributions of DRDO Young Scientist Labs and said 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, he said, urging DRDO scientists to make India a super military power thereby making India a superpower.


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