Defence Sector – DPP, Missions, Schemes, Security Forces, etc.

India successfully test-fires Sub-sonic cruise Missile Nirbhay


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Nirbhay Missile

Mains level : India's missile arsenal

  • In a major boost for defence, India successfully test-fired its first Sub-sonic cruise missile, Nirbhay.
  • The missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms, was launched by the DRDO from complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.

Nirbhay Missile

  • Nirbhay is a long range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile designed and developed in India by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The missile can be launched from multiple platforms and is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads.
  • It is a two-stage missile powered by Solid rocket motor booster.
  • It is capable of carrying warheads of up to 300kg at a speed of 0.6 to 0.7 Mach (sub-sonic)
  • It has an operational range of 1000 km (long range).
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