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India to test-fire indigenously developed N-capable ‘Nirbhay’ cruise missile

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Balasore: India will on Friday test-fire the indigenously developed sub-sonic long-range cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur.

The test at 10:10 am will be the second developmental trial of the Nirbhay missile.

The missile was test-fired for the first time on March 12, 2013 from the same base. However, “the flight had to be terminated mid-way, as deviations were observed from its intended course,” said an official.

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India has with its arsenal 290 km range supersonic “BrahMos” cruise missile which is jointly developed by India and Russia. But ‘Nirbhay’ with long-range capability is a different kind of missile being developed by the Aeronautical development Establishment (ADE), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) associated lab in Bangalore.

Nirbhay blasts off like a rocket but turns into an aircraft later. It is capable of flying at tree-top level which protects it from being detected by radars.

The missile can carry nuclear warheads and hit targets over 700 kms away.

Nirbhay has good loitering capability, good control and guidance, high degree of accuracy in terms of impact and very good stealth features, the official said.

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