Sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' successfully test-fired

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Sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' successfully test-fired
The missile, which is capable of loitering and cruising at 0.7 Mach at altitude as low as 100 metre, covered the designated target range in 42 minutes and 23 seconds.
Apr 15, 2019


India successfully test fires Nirbhay missile

Indigenously developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), the Nirbhay missile can carry warheads of up to 300 kg, the sources added.


BALASORE (ODISHA): India on Monday successfully test-fired its first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from a test range in Odisha.

The state-of-the-art missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms, was test-fired at 11.44 am from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here, sources in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said.

Describing the trial "successful", they said the missile, which is capable of loitering and cruising at 0.7 Mach at altitude as low as 100 metre, covered the designated target range in 42 minutes and 23 seconds.

The flight test achieved all the mission objectives, right from lift off till the final splash, boosting the confidence of all scientists associated with the trial, sources said, adding it has an engine with rocket booster and turbofan/jet.

The flight test achieved all the mission objectives, right from lift off till the final splash, boosting the confidence of all scientists associated with the trial, sources said, adding it has an engine with rocket booster and turbofan/jet.

The sophisticated missile took off in a programmed manner and all critical operations like launch phase, booster deployment, engine start, wing deployment and other parameters were demonstrated through autonomous way point navigation.

"The missile majestically cruised and covered its given range," they said, adding that it was tracked with the help of ground-based radars and other parameters were monitored by indigenous telemetry stations developed by DRDO.

 

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India successfully tests 1,000km-range Nirbhay cruise missile
The Nirbhay is similar in concept to the US Navy's Tomahawk cruise missile
April 15, 2019



Nirbhay missile

A Nirbhay missile test in 2014 | Twitter handle of PIB



India successfully tested its indigenously built Nirbhay cruise missile off the coast of Odisha on Monday.

According to media reports, this is the sixth test of the Nirbhay, which is a subsonic cruise missile, distinct from the supersonic Brahmos. The Nirbhay was first tested in 2013. The Nirbhay missile had a problematic development, with some of the early tests experiencing failure. Jane's Defence Weekly reported in February that problems related to the missile's flight control software and hardware had been rectified.

According to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Nirbhay cruise missile uses a turbofan engine and uses inertial navigation and GPS guidance to reach its target. The Nirbhay has a range of around 1,000km. The Nirbhay is similar in concept to the US Navy's Tomahawk cruise missile. The Nirbhay can navigate to its target by flying past preset 'waypoints' on its route, often flying at very low levels.

According to Jane's Defence Weekly, the DRDO was to conduct the “final development trial” of the Nirbhay in April and the missile could soon be moving to “production-standard configuration, followed by the operational testing phase”. The publication quoted an official of the Aeronautical Development Establishment as saying there was a proposal to develop an air-launched variant of the Nirbhay within two-three years, which could
be launched from the Su-30MKI fighter.

Cruise missiles like the Nirbhay are considered more versatile than the Brahmos as the former can be re-targeted more effectively in flight and can “loiter” in flight, scouting for targets. Subsonic cruise missiles are also lighter and smaller in dimension, allowing for deployment via submarine-torpedo tubes.

 

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