India’s indigenously developed nuclear capable sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhaya’, which can shoot down targets 700 km away, has been test-fired from the Chandipur Interim Test Range in Odisha. The flight details will be available after the data from radars and telemetry are analysed. It is the second time the sub-sonic long-range cruise missile ‘Nirbhaya’ has been test-fired.
Nirbhaya's first flight in March 2013 could not achieve all the desired parameters as it flight had to be aborted mid-way due to deviations from its intended course. India's 290-km range supersonic 'BrahMos' cruise missile is jointly developed by India and Russia but ‘Nirbhaya’ with long range capacity is a different missile being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Nirbhaya has good loitering capability, good control and guidance, high impact accuracy and very good stealth features.