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DRDO's Nirbhay cruise missile develops technical snag during trial

The DRDO has already carried out several successful trials of the 'Nirbhay' missile since October 2014

Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile.Premium
Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile.

The Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile, having a range of around 1,000 km, developed a technical snag during a test firing on Monday at a facility in Odisha, forcing its developer DRDO to abort the trial, official sources said.

The missile was test-fired by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from an integrated test range in Balasore in Odisha at around 10:30 AM.

"Minutes later, the missile developed a technical snag following which the trial process was aborted. The DRDO is analysing all the details," said a source.

The DRDO has already carried out several successful trials of the 'Nirbhay' missile since October 2014.

The state-of-the-art missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms, has a speed less than that of sound (Mach 0.8).

Powered by a solid rocket motor booster developed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), the missile has an operational range of 1000 km, officials said.

In the last few weeks, India has test-fired a number of missiles including a new version of the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos and anti-radiation missile Rudram-1.

India also carried out successful test-firing of a laser-guided anti-tank missile and nuclear-capable hypersonic missile 'Shaurya'.

The successful test firing of Rudram-1 is seen as a major milestone as it is India's first indigenously developed anti-radiation weapon.

The flight testing of the missiles comes in the midst of India's bitter border row with China in eastern Ladakh.

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Published: 12 Oct 2020, 04:51 PM IST
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