India’s Nirbhay cruise missile test fails
NEW DELHI - The flight test of India's homemade 1000-kilometer cruise missile failed on Monday due to technical problems.
Nirbhay - a medium-range, all-terrain subsonic land attack cruise missile - is an Indian version of the American tomahawk and the Russian club SS-N-27.
Defense scientists in India said the test failed within 8 minutes of launch due to technical problems in the engine. They didn't give any further details.
The Nirbhay rocket is currently powered by the Russian Saturn 50MT turbofan engine. Local development started in 2007 with the Defense Research and Development Organization.
A senior DRDO scientist said Nirbhay was a covert missile that could fire various warheads and hang around and attack multiple targets.
“The cruise missiles like Tomahawk and Nirbhay (if they are successful) do not follow a ballistic parabola, but are all-terrain on their way. As a result, they are more difficult to spot with conventional radars. And therefore more deadly and therefore challenged by the Indian armed forces, ”said an army official.
With a weight of 1,500 kilograms at a height of 6 meters and a speed of Mach 0.7 Mach, the missile can carry up to 300 kilograms of conventional and nuclear warheads.
Nirbhay is a two-stage rocket. Its solid rocket motor serves as the first stage and accelerates the rocket to cruising speed after takeoff, when a turbojet engine takes over in the second stage.
It is equipped with a domestically manufactured inertial navigation system for ring laser gyroscopes, a GPS-enabled guidance system and a Russian search system.
In July, the Department of Defense procurement agency bought around 300 Nirbhay cruise missiles for the three armed forces.
At least 20 more tests will be done before the missiles are deployed, another DRDO scientist said, which could take three to five years.
The weapon is made by the state-owned company Bharat Dynamics Limited, and each Nirbhay missile system costs about $ 1.5 million.
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