NTEGRATED MISSILE TEST RANGE, BALASORE, ODISHA: India will test its potent nuclear capable cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’, a state-of-the-art missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), on Friday morning, if all goes well. The scientists are forging ahead with the crucial test, to be conducted from the Integrated Missile Test Range in Balasore, Odisha, despite the coastal region of the state being hit hard by Cyclone Hudhud. (10 must-know facts about Nirbhay)
Nirbhay (which means fearless) is very manoeuvrable and can fly at tree-top level, making it difficult to detect on radar, and strikes targets more than 700 km away carrying nuclear warheads, giving India the capability to strike deep into enemy territory.
India has had the capability to make ballistic missiles for some time now and has made tactical missiles of different capacity. But it had not mastered a cruise missile yet and DRDO scientists worked very hard on the Nirbhay.
The US had deployed cruise missiles very effectively during the Gulf War.
The Nirbhay is India’s answer to America’s Tomahawk and Pakistan’s Babur.