First Indian origin sub-sonic cruise missile, with the name of Nirbhay, has a range of over 700 kilometres, the DRDO official said. Friday's test-fire was the second developmental trial of the missile. The long range capability Nirbhay is being developed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
DRDO Nirbhay Cruise Missile, which will range 700+ KM when will be in-service
The missile's first test was carried out on March 12 last year from the same base but the flight had to be terminated mid-way, as deviations were observed from its intended course, however, what was the defects to terminate the test still unknown. The official added that Nirbhay has good loitering capability, effective control and guidance, high degree of accuracy as well as effective stealth features.
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The stealth features of Nirbhay is not known also, and how they'll will work. It has a sub-sonic speed, some observer starting compare it with NESCOM developed (Pakistan) "Babur" cruise missile though the official from DRDO didn't clear when this cruise missile will be in series production to add to the Indian missile inventory where Pakistan already swelling their cruise missile inventory with "Babur" (over 700 KM range, another submarine launched version in well under development) long range cruise missile and Air Launched "Ra'ad" (350 KM range) cruise missile. Both of them are efficiently nuclear capable. Among them "Ra'ad" is extremely stealth designed one, and can strike fully silently with very low altitude.
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The test comes as India and Pakistan are engaged in skirmishes along the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary and also as India has conveyed to China that it could no longer be issued warnings by anyone saying the South Asian nation was now immensely powerful and held a prominent position on the international stage.