Tender specifies the need of the static launcher.
The missile is required to be launched from the pylon of the wing of aircraft, which is umderslung. So to simulate the same conditions it is required to carry out the static flight trials from SFDR launcher. SFDR ground launcher is a static platform to launch SFDR, a state of art air-to-air missile to check the aerodynamic and control performance.
The launcher is a kind of a launcher having a 5300mm long guide rail in which the missile will slide before coming out of the launcher. The guide rail is fixed downward to a launch beam and takes the load of the missile through three shoes fixed to the missile
Motto of DRDO is that everything must be in public domain! Announcing it is better than delivering.
Come on JTull.
Firstly, you are coming to know about it (for the first time) when it is about to be tested. It has been in the works for years now. I know its engine was developed and tested at least an year back. Did you know? In contrast, for how long have you known that Meteor existed before its first test?
Secondly, all we know is that DRDL is also working on a SFDR, an LFRJ and a NGARM, and that the NGARM and SFDR project are colocated. You think this is a secret?
Thirdly, this information is for those who need to know. You and me are nobodys in this game. For those who matter, this level of technical details are given on any given day. What DRDO might signal is its level of readiness.
Fourthly, all of us want DRDO to delegate work to the private industry. DRDO does not want this tendering process. They have categorically said that it slows them down. But, it is MoDs wish given the need for transparency. So if you need to change the model, ask MoD, not DRDO.
The fabrication of the launcher for meeting the functional requirement is critical. The guide rail and launch beam fabrication , assembly of components, welding of sub-assemblies is challenging. This document gives details of material specifications, standards followed, and fabrication requirements.