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India’s 1st indigenously made long-range missile Nirbhay successfully test fired

India’s 1st indigenously made long-range missile Nirbhay successfully test fired

Indian Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted the sixth flight test of the nuclear-capable Nirbhay cruise missile.

It is India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile.

Cruising at 0.7 Mach at altitude as low as 100 meters, the test reportedly validated the missile’s sea-skimming capability.

NIRBHAY

The Nirbhay is a subsonic long-range land attack cruise missile that can be armed with a 200-300-kilogram warhead.

The nuclear-capable, solid fuel, missile can reportedly reach top speeds of 0.6-0.7 Mach and can strike land targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers. 

It can be launched from multiple platforms — the first test of the air-launched variant is expected to take place in 2021 — and reportedly has loitering capability.

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