New Delhi: India has test fired subsonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ off Odisha coast on Monday. It is country’s first indigenously designed long-range cruise missile.
‘Nirbhay’ is the 1,000 km strike range sub-sonic cruise missile and is designed to carry conventional and nuclear warheads.
The subsonic long-range land attack cruise missile can be equipped with a 300-kilogram warhead.
Sources said the sub-sonic is nuclear-capable. It has the ability to reach speeds of 0.6-0.7 Mach. It also has the capability to strike land targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers.
A radio altimeter is used to determine its height, while an inertial navigation system which was developed by Research Center Imarat (RCI), guides the missile.
The missile is armed with a Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) based guidance, control and navigation system. It is also equipped with a MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) and the GPS system.
It weighs 1,500 kg with a width of 0.52 meters and has a wingspan of 2.7 metres.