India conducts fifth test firing of Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile

8 November 2017 (Last Updated November 8th, 2017 10:57)

The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired its Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Orissa.

The Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired its Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile from the integrated test range at Chandipur in Orissa.

The indigenously developed long-range missile flew for 50min to achieve a range of 647km.

The latest test marks the missile’s fifth firing since its maiden launch in 2013, The Press Trust of India reported. Of the four trials that were previously conducted on Nirbhay, one was successful.

“The latest test marks the missile’s fifth firing since its maiden launch in 2013.”

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) stated that the flight test achieved all the mission objectives completely.

In a statement, the MoD said: “The missile took-off in the programmed manner and all critical operations viz. launch phase, booster deployment, engine start, wing deployment and other operational parameters demonstrated through autonomous way point navigation.”

The missile was tracked by ground-based radars while other parameters were monitored by telemetry stations developed by DRDO.

Designed to launch from multiple platforms, Nirbhay can loiter and cruise at 0.7 Mach at altitudes as low as 100m.

The missile includes a guidance, control and navigation system, ring laser gyroscope (RLG), a MEMS-based inertial navigation system (INS) and a GPS system.

It has an operational range of 1,000km and can carry warheads weighing up to 300kg.