India test-fired its subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay (the fearless) from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha this morning.
The missile was fired at 1003 hrs and the entire mission was flawless, sources said.
The mission proved to be more than successful and the missile performed far better than our expectations, Chief of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Avinash Chender said.
Nirbhay is said to be India’s answer to America’s Tomahawk and Pakistan’s Babur missile. We hope to deliver the missile to the armed forces within three years, the DRDO Chief announced.
This was the second test of Nirbhay missile. The first test was conducted on March 12 last year that had failed to achieve the desired results and the flight of missile was abruptly terminated when it deviated from the charted path.
In the cruise missile category, India has Brahmos in its arsenal which is a supersonic missile having 290 km of range. Brahmos was being developed by India and Russia under a joint venture.
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