India tests Nirbhay cruise missile

Why the Nirbhay cruise missile matters for India

Why the Nirbhay cruise missile matters for India

India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-launched a nuclear-capable Nirbhay cruise missile, the country's first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile on November 7, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced in a statement.

The sub-sonic missile, created to carry a 300-kg nuclear warhead, had failed during its first test in March 2013.

The test took place at the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. After separation from its solid booster stage, Nirbhay is created to cruise at 0.7 Mach, at altitudes as low as 100m, and includes a loiter capability. After the missile achieves designated altitude and velocity, the booster motor is separated and the engine automatically switches on taking further propulsion, said a DRDO scientist associated with the project. It can travel with a turbofan or turbojet engine and is guided by a highly advanced inertial navigation system indigenously developed by the Research Centre Imarat (RCI).

Mid-way in its flight, missiles wing opens up by the commands generated by the sophisticated on board computer for stabilising the flight path.

The missile took-off in the programmed manner and all critical operations including launch phase, booster deployment, engine start, wing deployment and other operational parameters demonstrated through autonomous way point navigation. It was tracked with the help of ground-based radars and other parameters were monitored by indigenous telemetry stations developed by the DRDO, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has hailed the success of DRDO and complimented the team for the inspired achievement.

DRDO Chairman S. Christopher, DG, Aero, C.P. Ramanarayanan, along with other senior DRDO scientists and user representatives from Army witnessed the momentous launch and congratulated the team Nirbhay for making DRDO proud for the long awaited achievement. She was optimistic that this successful trial would take India to the select league of nations for possessing this complex technology and sub-sonic cruise missile capability.

The missile's first test on March 12, 2013 failed as it fell after 20 minutes of flight.

On October 2014, its second test was successful but the missile didn't maneuver as desired at lower altitudes.

Coming to the features, the "Nirbhay" missile is a six-metre long two-stage missile that can strike a target 1,000 km away. It can carry a warhead of 200 kg to 300 kg at a speed of 0.6 to 0.7 Mach. The third test on October 16, 2015 saw the missile nose-dive after covering 128 km in the Bay of Bengal.

The test took place after the error, that led to the failure of its fourth trial in December a year ago, were rectified, said the statement.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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