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<p>We present a theoretical and numerical study of drift current model in the ionosphere by incorporating the ohmic heating model and the magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) momentum equation. Based on these equations, the ionospheric electron temperature and drift current are investigated. The results indicate that the maximum change of electron temperature Δ<em>T</em><sub>e</sub> is about 570 K, and the ratio is Δ<em>T</em><sub>e</sub> / <em>T</em><sub>e</sub> ~48 %. The maximum drift current density is 8 <span class="wHYlTd z8gr9e">×</span> 10<sup>−10 </sup>A ⋅ <em>m</em><sup>−2</sup>, and its surface integral is 5.76 A. Diamagnetic drift current is the main form of current. The low collision frequency between charged particles and neutral particles has little effect on the current, and the collision frequency of electrons and ions is independent of the drift current. The current density profile is a flow ring. We present the effective conductivity as a function of the angle between the geomagnetic field and the radio wave; the model explains why the radiation efficiency in Kotik's experiment was strongest when the X wave is heating along the magnetic dip angle.</p>