*Nirbhay Missile passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 69th Republic Day Parade 2018, in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. Image credit: By PIB - http://pib.nic.in/Downloadimg.aspx?fn=2018/Jan/H2018012638599.JPG, GODL-India, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69722381

India on Monday successfully test-fired its subsonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' designed and developed in India by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).  

The state-of-the-art missile was test-fired at 11.44 am from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.

The missile can be launched from multiple platforms and is capable of carrying conventional as well as nuclear warheads.

Nirbhay is powered by a solid rocket booster for takeoff which is developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL).  Upon reaching the required velocity and height, a Turbofan engine in the missile takes over for further propulsion. The missile is guided by an inertial navigation system developed by Research Center Imarat (RCI) and a radio altimeter for the height determination.

This is the seventh trial of the misile. The first trial took place on 12 March 2013.

The missile has an operational range of about 1000 km - 1500 km. The missile is comparable to Tomahawk (missile) of USA.

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