India successfully tested the sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’

India successfully tested a sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhaya from Odisha coast on Monday. According to sources, the missile capable of targeting up to 1,000 km distance was tested for a short distance from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launchpad at Chandipur in Balasore district Odhisa. The sources further said that this missile developed by the Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), can carry a warhead of up to 300 kg.

It can travel with a turbofan or a turbojet engine and is guided by a highly advanced analytical navigation system. The last successful test of this missile was in November 2017.

DRDO sources said that this state-of-the-art missile is used from anywhere. It was launched from the launch of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Chandipur at 11.44 AM. It has been fully designed in India.

It is the sixth development flight trial with objective to prove the repeatability of boost phase, cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes. The missile took off vertically turning horizontally into desired direction, booster separated, wing deployed, engine started, cruised all the intended waypoints. The missile demonstrated its sea-skimming capability to cruise at very low altitudes.

The entire flight was fully tracked by a chain of Electro Optical Tracking Systems, Radars and Ground Telemetry Systems deployed all along the sea coast.

This launch was successful. All the aims of this mission were achieved. This missile has an engine.

Properties of Nirbhay Missiles :

  • Length: 6 m, Diameter:0.52 m, Wingspan: 2.7 m
  • Warhead: Conventional or Nuclear (200-300 kg)
  • Weight: 1,500 kilograms
  • Engine: Rocket booster & Turbofan / Turbojet
  • Range: 1,000 – 1,500 km
  • Speed: Mach 0.6–0.7
  • Guidance: INS IRNSS

Earlier footage of Nirbhay Missile from Jaguar Aircraft

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