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Cruise missile Nirbhay deviates from flight path, terminated

Press Trust of India
Mar 12, 2013 at 02:24pm IST

Balasore: India's first indigenously developed sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay on Tuesday failed to hit the target in its maiden test-firing as it had to be terminated mid-way after deviating from the flight course. However, the DRDO said the missile "successfully" met the basic mission objectives and performed some of the manouveres satisfactorily before being terminated mid way.

"Nirbhay was successfully launched today at 1150 hrs from launch complex, Chandipur, Odisha, meeting the basic mission objectives successfully.

"After travelling approximately mid-way, deviations were observed from its intended course. Further, flight was terminated to ensure coastal safety," DRDO spokesman Ravi Gupta said in a release. The surface-to-surface sub-sonic cruise missile has the capability of being launched from land, sea and air, they

Cruise missile Nirbhay deviates from flight path, terminated

However, the DRDO said the missile 'successfully' met the basic mission objectives and performed some of the manouveres satisfactorily.

said, adding Nirbhay has good loitering capability, good

control and guidance, high degree of accuracy in terms of

impact and very good stealth features.

Nirbhay was developed by Aeronautical Development

Establishment (ADE), a Defence Research and Development

Organisation (DRDO) laboratory based in Bangalore in

understood to have a strike-range of around 1,500 km.

India has the technology of super-sonic missile like

BrahMos which is jointly developed by India and Russia.

BrahMos has a strike range of 290 km. PTI AJD

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