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India’s cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ fails to hit target

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Mar 12, IRNA -- India's first indigenously developed sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay 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 Defence Research and Development Organisation (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 in Odisha state, 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," pti quoted DRDO spokesman Ravi Gupta as saying in a release issued in Balasore.

The surface-to-surface sub-sonic cruise missile has the capability of being launched from land, sea and air, they 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 developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory based in Bangalore is 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.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 1078452

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