Indias 1st indigenously made long-range missile Nirbhay successfully test fired
Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired the India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from a test range in Odisha’s Chandipur.
‘Nirbhay’ is designed to carry conventional and 300-kilogram nuclear warheads.
The missile weighs 1,500 kg, width of 0.52 meters and has a wingspan of 2.7 metre.
It is all-weather missile and can be launched from multiple platforms.
It also has the capability to strike land targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers.
It has the ability to fly at low altitudes in order to avoid detection by enemy radar.
The missile is armed with a Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) based guidance, control and navigation system. It is also equipped with a MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) and the GPS system.
The organisation had conducted five trials since 2013 before this.
The last successful trial of ‘Nirbhay’ cruise missile was conducted on November 7, 2017.
About Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO):
♦ Headquarter: New Delhi
♦ Chairman : Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy