Friday, October 16, 2015

Official Statement On India's Nirbhay Cruise Missile Test Today

There's been some speculation over today's aborted Nirbhay subsconic cruise missile test. Here's the first official word on it from the MoD:

Long Range Subsonic tactical cruise missile [Nirbhay] was launched from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur at 11:38 hrs today. All initial critical operations: Booster ignition, Booster separation, Wing deployment and engine start were successfully executed and Nirbhay reached the desired cruise altitude. During 700 seconds of flight all the subsystems of Nirbhay cruise missile functioned satisfactorily and met all the desired functions. The mission was aborted after 700 seconds of flight.

Today's test was the Nirbhay's third. The weapon system had its first successful and complete test in October last year after an abortive debut test-firing in March 2013. It isn't clear yet if the technical snags that forced an abort today were the same that caused a flight deviation in the first test in 2013. The abort during the first test took place roughly 17 minutes into the flight. Today's abort took place after about 11.7 minutes. Will update this post when there's more detail in.

10 comments :

Deb77 said...

What about sub launched Nirbhay test? Anyway ground test was failure so better......Russian kalibr cruise missile negotiated 187 way points during 1500 km range and hit targets in Syria , same time altitute from surface varies from 800 meters to 1300 meters. Nirbhay has same range so long way needs to go before perfection.

Anonymous said...

Tough stuff doesn't come easy. Keep at it DRDO and ADE.

Anonymous said...

Avinash chander should be having the last laugh. He he he.... its a sabotage by Avinash left over team.

Anonymous said...

There are many failures in testing. Its a known phenomena. Dont read too much into it. They just need to keep on testing

Anonymous said...

NSR says ---

Not easy to master the design and development of this cruise missile weapon system...

The navigation is only as good as the reference points it gets from satellites or other sources...

Whatever is the reason, please keep fixing the problems and testing it until all the kinks are ironed out...

No one sells that kind of weapon systems...so double up and keep going...

Shubham Sahai said...

Better luck next time Nirbhay team. Keep at it!

Anonymous said...

another 40 years test cricket like Tejas program........... :)

how much money made for directors and IAS lobby ?? can someone estimate ....

DRDO should changes its mission objective to : "Never Ending Indian Defense Testing Center"

Anonymous said...

****** happens . Keep it up boys and do it a lot faster .

Biswajit Pattanaik said...

Anon @8:43 PM

You don't know anything about missile testing do you? Just came here to troll this page.Get a life mate.

Anonymous said...

I have read somewhere, the problem is in the indigenous rocket Engine.Somebody may give more details.