India successfully test fires Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile 'Nirbhay'

Published on April 17, 2019
India's first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile 'Nirbhay' successfully test fired from a test range in Chandipur, Odisha.
India successfully test fires Sub-Sonic Cruise Missile 'Nirbhay'

About the Nirbhay Missile:

  • Nirbhay missile has blended missile and aeronautical technologies which allows it to take off vertically like missile and cruise horizontally like an aircraft.
  • The missile is a two-stage missile, powered by solid rocket motor booster developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL).
  • Nirbhay Missile has an operational range of 1000 km and can carry warheads of up to 300 kg including nuclear warheads.
  • It can be launched from various kind of platforms.
  • It can travel with a turbofan or turbojet engine and is guided by a highly advanced inertial navigation system.
  • It has the capability to loiter and cruise at 0.7 Mach, at altitudes as low as 100m.
  • It is a terrain hugging missile which keeps on encircling the area of its target for several minutes and then hits bull's eye' at an opportune time.
  • It is difficult to detect by enemy's radars.
  • It is capable to engage several targets in a single flight.
  • The guidance, control and navigation system of the missile is configured around indigenously designed Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) and MEMS-based Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with GPS system.

One must know:

  • It was the sixth experimental test of Nirbhay missile system and it achieved all mission objectives right from lift-off till the final splash, boosting the confidence of all scientists associated with the trial.

Question:

Q. What is the name of India's first indigenously designed and developed long-range sub-sonic cruise missile that was successfully test fired from a test range in Chandipur, Odisha?
a. Abhay
b. Jwala
c. Nirbhay
d. Astra

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