India on Tuesday test-fired the indigenously-designed and developed long-range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay from an Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore.
The missile, with a strike range of 1,000 kilometres, was test-fired from a specially-designed launcher from the launch complex-3 of the ITR, defence sources said.
The cruise missile is expected to supplement the Indo-Russian joint venture supersonic cruise missile BrahMos, which can carry warheads up to 290 kilometres.
- It travelled along a pre-designated flight path and homed in on the target, the sources added.
- Powered by a solid rocket motor booster, the Nirbhay missile, with a turbo-fan engine, is guided by a highly advanced inertial navigation system.
- Capable of carrying 24 kinds of war weapons, the missile is able to target multiple places simultaneously.
- It was the fifth launch of the missile in the last five years. Out of the last four, three had failed in past years.
- The missile had achieved success during the second test in 2014. The maiden test flight of Nirbhay was held on 12 March 2013.