NIRBHAY Cruise Missile

Posted: July 15, 2012 in cruise missile
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Nirbhay
           Nibhay Cruise Missile.png
Type Long-range, all-weather, subsoniccruise missile
Place of origin  India
Service history
Used by Indian Navy
Indian Army
Indian Air Force
Production history
Manufacturer DRDO
Produced Expected in 2012
Specifications
Weight 1,000 kg
Length 6 m
Diameter 0.52 m

Operational
range
1,000 km
Speed 0.8 mach
Guidance
system
INS

Description

The missile will have a range of 1,000 km. The Nirbhay will be able to be launched from multiple platforms on land, sea and air. The missile is able to carry 24 different types of warheads and will be inducted into Indian Navy, Army, and Air Force. In particular, Nirbhay will be adapted for Russian-made fighters Su-30MKI.

It was reported in May 2010 that the missile will be capable of carrying nuclear warheads. A DRDO official told The Hindu in March 2012 that the Nirbhay will be able to pick out a target and attack it among multiple targets. He also mentioned it to be a two stage missile. The missile will also have a loitering capability i.e it can go round a target and perform several manoeuvres and then take it apart.

Development

The missile is being developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment, a division of DRDO and after finalizing the design, the technology required for the missile is being developed. The first test flight of the missile is expected in the year 2012. It’s likely to be test-fired in August, 2012. Nirbhay will be a terrain hugging, stealth missile capable of delivering 24 different types of warheads depending on mission requirements and will use an inertial navigation system for guidance. Nirbhay will supplement Brahmos in the sense that it would enable delivery of warheads farther than the 290 km range of Brahmos.

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