September 7: Indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV). Testing the ‘Scramjet engine’ which is essential to power cruise missiles and long-range missile systems to attain hypersonic speed, was tested off the coast of Odisha. With Mach 6 speed the missile rise up to an altitude of 32 kilometres in 20 seconds.
September 22: ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) vehicles – were tested off the coast of Odisha. These can be used as target for evaluation of various missile systems.
September 23: DRDO test-fires indigenously developed laser-guided Anti-tank Guided Missile at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. The missile employs a tandem HEAT warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles.
September 23: Prithvi-II test fired from Balasore, Odisha. It is an indigenously developed nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile which uses an advanced inertial guidance system with maneuvering trajectory to hit its target. IADN answers why missiles are tested again and again.
September 30: Extended range of BrahMos (ER) supersonic cruise missile tested from a land-based facility in Odisha.
October 1: Laser-guided Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) fired from a MBT Arjun Tank in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
October 3: India successfully test-fires new version of nuclear-capable Shaurya missile off Odisha coast. With this trial the missile is been inducted into the Forces.
October 5: India successfully test-fires indigenously developed SMART torpedo system which is essential for anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations far beyond the torpedo range.
October 10: India successfully test-fired Rudram-1, indigenous Anti-radiation Missile (ARM) which can detect enemy radars on the ground with help of RF emitted by the radars.
October 12: India tested Nirbhay cruise missile. However, the test was aborted after 8 minutes of missile launch. The test remains unsuccessful. It has a range of 800-1000 Km.
October 17: second night trial of Prithivi-II missile. Read importance of night trials here explained by IADN.
October 18: A naval version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile fired from the indigenously-built stealth destroyer INS Chennai.
October 19: India test fired SANT missile. The Standoff Anti-tank Guided Missile (SANT) an upgraded version of DRDO Helina Anti-tank missile has a range of 15-20Km compared to 7-8Km range of Helina missile. The missile is developed with joint efforts of DRDO and IAF.
Source: Hindustan Times with additional inputs from IADN
Edited by Shantanu K. Bansal