Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Baleswar, Oct 16:
Indigenously developed sub-sonic long range cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ is all set for a second test from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha’s Baleswar district tomorrow.
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sources said range coordination and installation of missile and its sub-system is near complete and the test fire may be taken up on Friday as scheduled.
Sources said the missile was first test fired on March 12, 2013 from ITR and the missile’s flight had to be terminated midway as it deviated from its projected track. Tomorrow’s test will be the second developmental trial of the missile.
DRDO sources said the missile is being developed to hit targets at a distance of 1,500 km.
DRDO is developing an air-launched version of the 1,500-km-range Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise missile which would be capable of being fired from the Air Force’s frontline Su-30MKI combat aircraft, sources said.
While supersonic Brahmos cruise missile which has a range of 290 km and is jointly developed by India and Russia, Nirbhay is a different kind of missile being developed by the Aeronautical development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO lab in Bangalore, the sources said adding Nirbhay has good loitering capability, good control and guidance, high degree of accuracy in terms of impact and very good stealth features.