The flight-test of Nirbhay, India’s subsonic cruise missile, from the Integrated Test Range, Balasore in Odisha, on Wednesday, was “an utter failure”, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sources said.
The missile veered off dangerously from its flight path leading to its destruction. This is the third failure out of the four Nirbhay missions so far.
- A long range, subsonic cruise missile designed and developed in India by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
- Nirbhay is an all-weather, low-cost, long-range cruise missile capable of carrying conventional and nuclear war heads.
- The missile has a range of more than 1000 km, weighs about 1500 kg and has a length of 6 metres.
- The missile is powered by a solid rocket booster for take off which is developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL).
- Upon reaching the required velocity and height, Turbofan engine in the missile takes over for further propulsion.
- The missile is guided by a highly advanced inertial navigation system indigenously developed by Research Centre Imarat (RCI) and a radio altimeter for the height determination.
- Nirbhay is able to pick out a target and attack it among multiple targets.
- The missile has a loitering capability, i.e., it can go round a target and perform several manoeuvres and then re-engage it.
- With two side wings, the missile is capable of flying at different altitudes ranging from 500 m to 4 km above the ground and can also fly at low altitudes (like low tree level) to avoid detection by enemy radar.
- It is capable of delivering 24 different types of warheads depending on mission requirements and uses an inertial navigation system for guidance.
- The missile supplements Brahmos by delivering warheads farther than the 290 km range of Brahmos.
Source: The Hindu