AERO INDIA: Crucial Indian Cruise Missile Tests In A Year

India's Nirbhay subsonic medium range cruise missile (MRCM) was supposed to have been visible this year at Aero India. Unfortunately it isn't. However, the programme is finally all set for its first test flight early next year. I asked DRDO chief VK Saraswat about the programme. He said, "The missile is under integration. All systems, subsystems, software for guidance and control etc are ready."

On the little-known high supersonic long-range cruise missile (LRCM - image above) revealed first here on Livefist, Dr Saraswat said a first flight of India's scramjet-powered hypersonic test demonstration platform would be tested at an altitude of 30-km and speed of 7 Mach early next year.

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