SFDR: new missile technology by DRDO

SFDR: new missile technology by DRDO

Recently DRDO successfully performed the flight demonstration of the new SFDR missile technology. The test was carried out from the Integrated Testing Range Chandipur, Odisha. SFDR stands for Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet which is a technological advantage enabling DRDO to develop long-range air to air missiles.
This missile comes with a unique propulsion system and this technology is available only in a handful of countries in the world. All the subsystems, including the booster motor and nozzle-less motor, performed as expected. During the test, many new technologies were proven, including solid fuel-based ducted ramjet technology.
During the test, the air-launch scenario was simulated using a booster motor. Subsequently, the nozzle-less booster accelerated it to the required Mach number for ramjet operation. The performance of the missile was monitored using data captured by electro-optical, radar and telemetry instruments at the test range, which confirmed successful demonstration of the mission objectives. 
Ramjet powered missiles provide greater range and a higher average speed compared to missiles powered by solid propellants. Ramjet missiles use atmospheric oxygen rather than including an oxidizer as part of the solid motor. Ramjet missiles can carry a bigger warhead as they do not have to carry an oxidizer.

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