Modi took to micro-blogging website Twitter for the same. PM tweeted, “Congratulations to our scientists on the successful test-fire of the Nirbhay missile. This is a great impetus to our defence capabilities.”
Today Nuclear-capable Nirbhay cruise missile was successfully test-fired from a test range in Odisha. It is the second test of the sub-sonic long range cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’, which has a range of 700 to 1000 km, from the ITR.
The maiden flight which was conducted on March 12, 2013 could not achieve all the desired parameters. According to the sources, “the flight had to be terminated mid-way when deviations were observed from its intended course”.
India has in its arsenal supersonic “BrahMos” the 290 km range cruise missile which is jointly developed by India and Russia.
But ‘Nirbhay’ is a different kind of missile with long range capability being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Nirbhay has good loitering capability, high degree of accuracy in terms of impact, good control and guidance and very good stealth features.