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DRDO Successfully Testfires Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile 

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) with a new Made-in-India Turbofan Engine ‘Manik’ from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha.

  • The missile flew for around 150 km with an indigenous cruise engine.
  • The missile has been designed and developed by DRDO. It is an Advanced version of Nirbhay Missile – a Subsonic Cruise Missile.
  • This is the 1st successful test firing with the indigenous booster engine ‘Manik’, after the previous unsuccessful attempt in October, 2020.

Key Points

i.The Manik engine has been designed and developed by DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment in Bengaluru. It will replace the foreign engine being used in the missile system.

  • The development of ‘Manik’ will pave the way for development of different versions of the engine and long range cruise missiles.

ii.Nirbhay is the 1st Subsonic cruise missile, designed and developed by DRDO.

  • It can travel at a speed of around 0.9 Mach for a range of upto 800-1000 kms.
  • The cruise missile will supplement BrahMos (A joint venture between India & Russia). It is the Indian Version of the American Tomahawk Missile.

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On July 2021, DRDO successfully tested the New Generation (NG) Surface-to-Air missile ‘AKASH-NG’ Missile for the Indian Air Force (IAF) & Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) for the Indian Army.

About Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO)

Chairman – Dr G Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters – New Delhi