Test flight of Nirbhay missile aborted 12 minutes after launch

The test flight of India’s nuclear-capable ‘Nirbhay‘ long-range subsonic tactical cruise missile, launched from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha today, was aborted nearly 12 minutes after lift-off, defence sources said. The missile took off from a specially-designed launcher at launch complex-3 of ITR at 11:38 hrs, a defence ministry statement said.

During 700 seconds of flight, all sub-systems of the missile functioned satisfactorily and met all the desired functions. However, the mission was aborted after 700 seconds of flight, it added.

Powered by a solid rocket motor booster, the missile has a strike range of more than 1000km. Nirbhay missile, with a turbofan engine, is guided by a highly-advanced inertial navigation system, sources said.

The 1000kilometer class cruise missile, capabile of striking deep into the enemy territory, has been designed and developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation at it’s aeronautics R&D laboratory ADE based in Bengaluru, they said.