India test fires subsonic cruise missile


For the first time, India on Tuesday test fired its indigenously-developed medium range subsonic cruise missile, Nirbhay from the IntegratedTestRange at Chandipur.

“The missile blasted off from a mobile launcher positioned in the launch pad-3 of the ITR at about 11:54am,” Indian defence officials said.

The maiden launch developmental trial of the sophisticated missile was carried out at Chandipur, about 15km from Balasore, in the presence of top defence scientists and senior officials.

The surface-to-surface missile has the capability of being launched from land, sea and air, they said, adding that Nirbhay had good loitering capability, good control and guidance, high degree of accuracy in terms of impact and very good stealth features.

Nirbhay was developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) laboratory based in Bangalore.

India has the technology of supersonic missile like BrahMos which is jointly developed by India and Russia. BrahMos has the striking range of 290km.

In the early morning, the Balasore district administration temporarily shifted 453 families, comprising 2,586 adult members and 698 children, residing within two kilometres radius of the Launch pad-3 at the ITR to nearby shelter places during the test launch of the missile as a safety measures, said an Indian district revenue officer.

He said for this temporary shift of the families they were compensated.


  1. pakistani scientist can easily out do indian misslie technology with a few gallons of 'green' paint!

    • Now they may be planning to out do by greenining diesel-elect submarine to be declared as nuclear sub.

  2. .
    The test was only a partial success …
    The missile began to veer off its path about 17 minutes into launch and the missile had to be destroyed by the ground control …

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