The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 7 November 2017 conducted the successful test flight of ‘NIRBHAY’, India’s first indigenously designed and developed Long Range Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile.
The missile cruised for a total time duration of 50 minutes, achieving the range of 647 km. The missile was tracked with the help of ground based radars.
It was successfully test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, Odisha. This was the fifth experimental test of the missile system.
About NIRBHAY cruise missile
• The missile was developed by the DRDO at its aeronautics R&D laboratory ADE (Aeronautical Development Establishment) based in Bengaluru.
• The avionics of the missile was provided by the Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad. The DRDL also contributed to the development of the missile.
• The missile has the capability to linger and cruise at 0.7 Mach at altitudes as low as 100 m.
• The guidance, control and navigation system of the missile is configured around the indigenously designed Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) and MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS).
• It can carry conventional and nuclear war heads.
• It is manoeuvrable and can fly at tree-top level, making it difficult to be detected on radar.
• It can strike the targets more than 700 km away carrying nuclear warheads giving India the capability to strike deep into enemy territory.
When: 7 November 2017
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