New Delhi, October 12
The Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile, having a range of around 1,000 km, developed a technical snag during a test firing on Monday at a facility in Odisha, forcing its developer DRDO to abort the trial, official sources said.
The missile was test-fired by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from an integrated test range in Balasore in Odisha at around 10:30 am.
“Minutes later, the missile developed a technical snag following which the trial process was aborted. The DRDO is analysing all the details,” said a source.
The DRDO has already carried out several successful trials of the ‘Nirbhay’ missile since October 2014.
The state-of-the-art missile, which can be deployed from multiple platforms, has a speed less than that of sound (Mach 0.8).
Powered by a solid rocket motor booster developed by the Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL), the missile has an operational range of 1000