Problem in Nirbhay cruise missile identified: Antony

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  1. afako

    afako Regular Member

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    Scientists have identified the problem in Nirbhay cruise missile, which led to its malfunction during the first test flight last month, and corrective design is being implemented, Defence Minister A K Antony today said.

    In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, he said, "Scientists have identified that Inertial Navigation System has malfunctioned and corrective design/modification are being implemented."

    On whether the missile achieved only partial success, Antony said, "Yes. Except for covering the full range by flying in all way points, all the objectives set for the cruise missile functionality have been met fully."

    Maintaining that the missile had a perfect launch with the navigation systems correctly touching the "first way point", he said, "Deviation was observed while going to second way point. When the deviation extended the safety limit, mission abort command was issued from the ground and the destruction mechanism inside the missile was activated."

    In reply to a separate question, the Minister said DRDO has proposed to set up a missile testing centre and a launch pad at Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 1200 crore.

    "The proposal is at a very initial stage. So far, only proposal for requirement for land has been initiated with the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

    Problem in Nirbhay cruise missile identified: Antony | Business Standard
     
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  3. Abhijeet Dey

    Abhijeet Dey Regular Member

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    India should fast track the development of Nirbhay cruise missile since Pakistan is already ahead in cruise missile technology with its Babur Missile (which may fall into the hands of militants).
     
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    Just so you know, nobody really believes the range of land attack Brahmos is 290km. If nothing, its deployment locations and target profile definitely indicate its true objectives, and by extension, its range.

    For Pak, in any case 290km would be more than enough, with a 700-1500km range, you'd end up blowing some oilfield in Iran or some donkey riding taliban in Afg.

    The reason why India wants Nirbhay is to be able to deliver standoff strikes from Navy ships (FFGs,DDGs,SSNs etc) and in case of China, to be able to hit C&C nodes deep in Tibet. Any further dantance would be severely difficult for a sub sonic CM to travel without getting shot down.

    One of the reasons why DRDO has two Hypersonic long range CMs in development and US just tested the X-51 waverider. Subsonic missiles have a really low survivability against even a medium AD network.

    And just asking btw, did you post your introduction?
     
  5. afako

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    BS. Islamic Republic of Pakistan and China both use reverse engineered tomahawk.

    I will write more in detail afterwards.
     

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