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DRDO successfully test-fires Nuclear capable cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’

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India successfully test-fired nuclear capableDefence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the nuclear capable subsonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha. It is India’s 1st indigenously developed cruise missile.

  • ‘Nirbhay’ is designed and developed in India by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which comes under DRDO.
  • The Missile has a range of 1000 kms and is capable of reaching speeds of 0.6 – 0.7 Mach.
  • It is capable of carrying multiple payloads and can engage several targets in a single flight.
  • It can be launched from all 3 platforms – Land, Sea & Air.

Key Points

i.Nirbhay is a Terrain hugging missile, which makes it difficult to detect by the enemy’s radards.

ii.The guidance, control and navigation system of the missile is configured around the indigenously designed Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) and MEMS-based Inertial Navigation (INS) along with GPS (Global Positioning System).

iii.It is equivalent to the Tomahawk missile of the United States and Babur missile of Pakistan.

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On 12th October, 2020, DRDO launched the Nirbhay Cruise Missile from Odisha’s test facility, the mission was aborted due to technical snag.

About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

Chairman – Dr G Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi