Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile Test Fired into Sea, Aborted 8 Minutes Later Due to Technical Snag

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday launched the 800-km range Nirbhay cruise missile from Odisha’s test facility into the Bay of Bengal but decided to abort the trial a few minutes later.

October 12, 2020

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Odisha, October 12: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday launched the 800-km range Nirbhay cruise missile from Odisha’s test facility into the Bay of Bengal but decided to abort the trial a few minutes later.

According to an ANI update, DRDO mentioned that during the flight test of Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise missile, it developed a snag. The details of the snag are being ascertained.

Nirbhay Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile Fired into Sea

The missile was fired at 10.30 am from the testing facility.  However, after the missile developed a snag and the trial was aborted 8 minutes later, according to a Hindustan Times report.  Nirbhay was the 10th missile to be fired by the DRDO during the last 35 days, an average of a missile every four days.

Nirbhay is a subsonic missile, flying at a speed of 0.7 Mach, with sea-skimming and terrain-hugging capability that helps the missile stay under the enemy radar to avoid detection.

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