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India successfully test fires nuclear cruise missile Nirbhay; can strike targets more than 700 km away

This was the second test firing attempt made by Nirbhay, after the missile failed in its debut attempt last year.

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Updated:October 17, 2014, 10:38 AM IST
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India successfully test fires nuclear cruise missile Nirbhay; can strike targets more than 700 km away
This was the second test firing attempt made by Nirbhay, after the missile failed in its debut attempt last year.

Chandipur (Odisha): India's indigenously developed nuclear capable sub-sonic cruise missile Nirbhay, which can strike targets more than 700 kms away, was successfully test fired from Chandipur range in Odisha on Friday morning.

This was the second test firing attempt made by Nirbhay, after the missile failed in its debut attempt last year.

The maiden flight, conducted on March 12, 2013 could not achieve all the desired parameters as "the flight had to be terminated mid-way when deviations were observed from its intended course," sources said.

"The missile was test-fired from a mobile launcher positioned at launch pad 3 of the Integrated Test Range at about 10.03 hours," said an official soon after the flight took off from the launch ground.

"Flight details will be available after data retrieved from radars and telemetry points, monitoring the trajectories, are analysed," the official said.

The missile has a range of 1,000 km and weighs a tonne and can be launched from multiple platforms on land, sea and air.

India has in its arsenal the 290 km range supersonic "BrahMos" cruise missile which is jointly developed by India and Russia. But 'Nirbhay' with long range capability is a different kind of missile being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

Nirbhay has good loitering capability, good control and guidance, high degree of accuracy in terms of impact and very good stealth features.

(With inputs from PTI)

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