DRDO Develops Liquid Ramjet Fuel, Successfully Tested with Industry Partners

DRDO successfully develops and tests a liquid Ramjet fuel for advanced air-breathing engines, marking a milestone in indigenous defence technology. The achievement was made possible through collaboration with industry partners BPCL and Mineral Oil Corporation.

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DRDO Develops Liquid Ramjet Fuel, Successfully Tested with Industry Partners

DRDO Develops Liquid Ramjet Fuel, Successfully Tested with Industry Partners

In a significant development for India's defence capabilities, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully developed a liquid Ramjet fuel for an advanced air-breathing engine. The fuel underwent successful testing at the Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL) on May 8, 2024, marking a major milestone in the field of advanced propulsion systems.

Why this matters: This development has significant implications for India's defence self-reliance, as it reduces dependence on foreign sources for critical technologies. It also showcases India's growing capabilities in developing indigenous defence technologies, which can have far-reaching consequences for the country's national security.

The achievement was made possible through collaboration between DRDO and industry partners Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Mineral Oil Corporation. Their combined expertise and resources contributed to the successful development and testing of the liquid Ramjet fuel, showcasing the power of public-private partnerships in driving technological advancements.

Ramjet enginesare a type of air-breathing jet engine that uses the engine's forward motion to compress incoming air, eliminating the need for an axial compressor. This technology has the potential to enhance the performance and efficiency of various aerospace applications, including missiles and aircraft. The development of a liquid Ramjet fuel by DRDO represents a significant step forward in this domain.

The successful testing at DRDL validates the effectiveness of the liquid Ramjet fuel and paves the way for further advancements inair-breathing propulsion systems. It demonstrates India's growing capabilities in developing cutting-edge technologies indigenously, reducing dependence on foreign sources.

The development of the liquid Ramjet fuel aligns with DRDO's ongoing efforts to enhance India'sself-reliance in defence technologies. In recent years, DRDO has made significant strides in various domains, including the successful testing of the Supersonic Missile-Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system on May 1, 2024, and the development of the lightest bulletproof jacket by the Kanpur-based Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE).

The liquid Ramjet fuel development also coincides with the celebration ofNational Technology Dayon May 10, 2024, during which DRDO organized various lectures and seminars at its laboratories and establishments to showcase its technological achievements and foster innovation. Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane emphasized the importance of self-reliance in defence infrastructure development during a national seminar on "Emerging Technologies for Infrastructure Development" held on May 9, 2024.

The successful development and testing of the liquid Ramjet fuel by DRDO, in collaboration with BPCL and Mineral Oil Corporation, marks a significant achievement in the field ofadvanced air-breathing propulsion systems. It showcases India's growing capabilities in developing indigenous defence technologies and underscores the importance of self-reliance in strengthening the nation's defence infrastructure.