India Successfully Test Fires Indigenous Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile

November 8, 2017

The Diplomat:

India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-launched a nuclear-capable Nirbhay cruise missile, the country’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile on November 7, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced in a statement.

The test took place at the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha. “The flight test achieved all the mission objectives completely from lift-off till the final splash, boosting the confidence of all scientists associated with the trial,” the MoD said.

“The missile took off in the programmed manner and all critical operations viz. launch phase, booster deployment, engine start, wing deployment, and other operational parameters demonstrated through autonomous way point navigation,” the MoD added.

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