The Nirbhay cruise missile was launched by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Odisha’s test facility into the Bay of Bengal. However it was decided to abort the trial a few minutes later.
The missile which was fired at 10.30 am today developed a snag and had to be aborted 8 minutes later, officials said.
Earlier this month India said that it was all set to induct Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile into the Indian Army and Navy. This would be done after the 7th trial which is scheduled for next month. The 1,000 kilometre rocket booster missile has a single shot kill ration of more than 90 per cent. The formal induction of the missile was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council headed by Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh.
Sources tell OneIndia that a limited number of missiles have already been moved to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), where India is locked in a tense standoff with China.
India on Wednesday successfully test fired the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos having a range of around 400 km, officials said. The BrahMos cruise missile travels at a speed of Mach 2.8, nearly three times that of sound.
The test firing of the missile was carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) off the coast of Balasore in Odisha, the officials said.
BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms.