Nirbhay Cruise Missile Development

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  1. lcafanboy

    lcafanboy Senior Member Senior Member

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    Nirbhay missile: Why India’s first indigenous long range sub-sonic cruise missile is special
    Monday, November 13, 2017 By: Financial Express Source Link: CLICK HERE




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    Nirbhay missile is India's first indigenously designed and developed long range sub-sonic cruise missile! Designed and made by DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation), the missile was recently test fired successfully. "The flight test achieved all the mission objectives completely from lift-off till the final splash," said a Ministry of Defence release. The Nirbhay missile can be deployed from multiple platforms, says DRDO. We take a look at some key facts about the Nirbhay missile and why its important for the country:

    According to DRDO, Nirbhay missile is a 1000-km class cruise missile that has the capability to strike "deep" into the enemy's territory. The missile has the capability to loiter and cruise at 0.7 Mach, at altitudes as low as 100 metres, says DRDO.

    After the launch of the missile, its booster motor gets separated. The missile's turbofan engine then gets switched on for further propulsion. The booster motor is required for the initial launch.

    The "fully autonomous" missile is crucial to India's defence and strike capabilities. This is because, cruising at low altitudes, it can avoid detection, says DRDO.

    "The guidance, control and navigation system of the missile is configured around the indigenously designed Ring Laser Gyroscope (RLG) and MEMS based Inertial Navigation System (INS) along with GPS system," says DRDO.

    For the recent trial, the missile cruised for a total time duration of 50 minutes, achieving a range of 647 km.

    This was not the first trial of the homegrown missile. The maiden launch in 2013 had been a partial success. Since then the Nirbhay missile has tasted both success and failure in various trials. Its successful development would provide a definite boost not only to the armed forces, but also the indigenous defence industry and India's capability to design and develop such lethal weapons.

    With Nirbhay missile, India joins the select league of nations that possess the ability to make sub-sonic cruise missiles.
    http://www.defencenews.in/article/N...ge-sub-sonic-cruise-missile-is-special-444484
     
  2. tharun

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    We need a 2500 km range cruise missile like 3M-54 Klub class so that we can hit most of targets in china
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  3. Kshithij

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    We use ballistic missiles to hit long range targets, not cruise missiles
     
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    this is huge capability to strike on the sea and land targets.

    Just imagine if you are captain of enemy ship, you will avoid this or be ready to be at the bottom of ship.
     
  5. sayareakd

    sayareakd Moderator Moderator

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    once missile is launch, you can only self destruct it.
    But advantage of missile on aircraft is that it could be called off at last movement.

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    range is increased, if you have seen.
     
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    Cruise missiles can flew 100 meters above ground and they are stealthy..
    If you have long range cruise missiles with 2500 km no one prefers ballistic missiles.
    I don't know who is "WE".
     
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    But keeping plane at risk is not viable option.
    Second thought for long range brahmos we need plane for sub sonic we don't need any plane
     
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    We here refers to sane people. No one uses cruise missiles for long range strike, especially first strike. First strike will have to evade SAMs and air defence. The so called complete stealth doesn't apply to cruise missiles as when missiles travel at a speed of 0.6Mach, it will generate air vibrations. Also, the motor will always be on in cruise missiles which will add heat signature.

    So, the missile will be detected even with all stealth additions, by ground based radar, even if at lower distance. But, it won't be invisible as you claim. The range of detection may be lower, say 10km but not zero.

    But, combining with low speed of 220m/s (0.6Mach), the distance to travel even 5km will be 25 seconds which is a big enough time for a SAM to detect and launch interceptors, eve if detected at a short range. Subsonic Cruise missiles are mostly interceptable (95% chance) and hence a poor choice to penetrate air defence. It is good for bombing "primitive people in sandals" but not decent opponent


    The missile launch is not fun game. You don't roll back the decision you made at the last minute. Also, risking a plane for 1 missile is not a good idea. Ballistic missile serves all the purpose of this. The warhead of the ballistic missile can have a small motor with little fuel to steer its way if necessary instead of using slow cruise missile or short ranged Brahmos on a plane
     
  9. shuvo@y2k10

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    Long range cruise missiles is very much present in the inventory of Russian and China.Tomahawk latest version has range of about 2500 km. Most of this missiles are not not used in nuclear strike roles but can sport a nuclear warhead. The idea is to hit high value targets in sea and land from a naval or air-launched platform. It is a a substitute for ballistic missile but a supplement of it for conventional strikes.
    In the Indian context we have K-15 (750 km) and K-4 (3500 km) whose land versions are a hybrid version meaning they are launched like a ballistc missile but flies at a much depressed trajectory and cruises all the way upto the target at an altitude of 40 km. They are the best in the class and can also be modified into an aircraft carrier role should the need arise.
    Also future versions of Nirbhay will have 2500 km range similar to the Tomahawk (be rest assured about that).
    On the hypersonic front HDSTV will provide us with the long range high speed platform of the next decade.
     

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