Long Range-Land Attack Cruise Missile (LR-LACM) Developments & Discussions

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INDIA SET TO DEVELOP LONG RANGE, LAND ATTACK CRUISE MISSILE

Lucknow
: A new home-grown, subsonic missile will be homing on to its target adding might to the Indian Navy by mid of 2023.


The new weapon will be named Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile (LRLACM). It will have a range in excess of 1,000 km and will be launched from a UVLM (Universal Vertical Launcher Module) of BrahMos. The unique UVLMs in operation is designed, developed and patented by BrahMos Aerospace.

These BrahMos UVLMs are already operational on 30 ships of Indian Navy and the new missile will sit inside the same launcher.

The missile is the result of a naval requirement projected to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The sanction for the project is expected in two months and the first trials of the missile could begin in early 2023.

The missile project has been designated to Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE ), a Bangalore-based DRDO lab developing unmanned systems.

ADE has the expertise of developing India’s first home-grown subsonic cruise missile, Nirbhay.

Developmental Flights

Around 20 developmental flights are being planned of the LRLACM, tipped to be developed with completely indigenous systems. Barring small sensors and accelerometres every component on this missile will be of indigenous class.

The terminal homing featured will be aided by a desi radio frequency (RF) seeker. Similar to Nirbhay, LRLACM too will be capable of flying at low altitude with sea-skimming capabilities.

At DefExpo 2020, a video is being played out showing the sea-skimming capabilities of Nirbhay during its last launch.

The missile’s journey has been captured by a chase aircraft and also through Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS).

During a visit to DRDO’s exhibition area, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh on Wednesday expressed his desire to get the new missile delivered at the earliest.

Once DRDO completes the trial phase of the new missile, the Indian Navy is keen to place an order on development cum production partner (DCPP). An order worth Rs 5,000 crore for 200 LRLACMs will be placed on the DCPP by Indian Navy.

Nirbhay’s New Avatar

Interestingly, the Nirbhay project, which completed six developmental trials from March 2013 to April 2019, has been technically closed.

The project has taken a new desi avatar with a renewed outlook and will be now known as the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM). The Indian power plant for ITCM – the Short Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) – is developed by Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) in Bangalore.


The first launch of ITCM will be with STFE and it will have an RF seeker developed by RCI, Hyderabad. The trial is expected to be conducted in April this year.

The air variant of ITCM too is taking shape at ADE in addition to a submarine variant as well.

DRDO is aiming to attain complete self-reliance for its missile programs. Efforts are afoot to cut the delays during the development phase and LRLACM and ITCM are among the batch of weapons cruising through the new thought process.

 

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Decks have been cleared for improved air fore and ship-launched versions of India’s 1,000 km range Nirbhay cruise missile, twin efforts revealed first here on Livefistin 2018. In a statement today following the decision, the Indian MoD said the long range land attack cruise missile (LRLACM) would ‘add to the fire power of three services‘ and that the ‘addition of LRLACM with firing range of 1000 km to the existing arsenal will bolster the attack capabilities of the Navy and the Air Force.’

While the land-launched Nirbhay system has been in launch test since 2013, Livefist first revealed plans for the improved air-launched derivative in this detailed report. The DRDO and Indian Navy have also been conducting range extension studies to spawn a 1,500 km range LRLACM for ships. Today’s decision makes a so far exploratory effort official — the Nirbhay (and its derivatives) will be a tri-services missile system, and one of the most crucial in India’s arsenal. The Indian Air Force is likely to induct ground-launched versions of the LRLACM too before the separate air-launched version.

The LRLACM will be a vastly improved version of the Nirbhay, not just in terms of range, but also possibly its propulsion scheme. More on that in a moment.



In a statement following today’s decision approving the development project, the Defence Research & Development Organisation said, “Presently, lead in projects have developed, demonstrated and matured critical cruise missile technologies such as aerodynamic configuration, vertical launch using solid booster, thrust vector control system, booster separation, in-flight wing deployment, in-flight engine start and long range way-point navigation system. Seeker development and testing by DRDO laboratories are demonstrated and is at a high level of readiness. Thus, it is important to take up the proposed development of fully indigenous long range land attack cruise missile that greatly enhances the operational capability of services.”



The baseline version of the Nirbhay will be a strategic forces element with India’s land forces, with the last development test conducted in April 2019. A planned series of tests will commence this winter before the truck based launch regiments are inducted into service.



While the Nirbhay is still powered by the Russian NPO Saturn 36MT engine, India’s indigenous Manik mini turbofan has also made progress, though it remains unclear when a Manik-powered Nirbhay will be tested. Delays in test infrastructure at the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) have stalled progress, though there are indications now of forward movement. Approval to the naval and air-launched versions of the Nirbhay will no doubt provide a boost too.



India’s long range cruise missile efforts date back at least a decade, with Livefistrevealing in 2010 plans by the DRDO to develop one. At the time, the plan was for a fully supersonic missile powered by liquid fuel ramjet technology as detailed in the slide you see above from an official DRDO presentation.

With the BrahMos cruise missile, now operational with all three armed forces, taking care supersonic duties — including an active range expansion exercise that will put it out to 900 km or more — the LRLACM will be developed as a clear Nirbhay derivative, but with additional propulsion elements. As Livefist has reported here, the LRLACM could involve a three-stage power system: the Nirbhay booster to put the missile in the air, the NPO Saturn 36MT/Manik turbofan to power the cruise missile through its 1,000-km cruise phase and, finally, a ramjet engine that will push the weapon into supersonic endgame towards its target.
 

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LRCM requirement of Indian airforce and Navy, according to Trishul blog are
IAF:1000
IN:200
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INDIA SET TO DEVELOP LONG RANGE, LAND ATTACK CRUISE MISSILE

Lucknow
: A new home-grown, subsonic missile will be homing on to its target adding might to the Indian Navy by mid of 2023.


The new weapon will be named Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile (LRLACM). It will have a range in excess of 1,000 km and will be launched from a UVLM (Universal Vertical Launcher Module) of BrahMos. The unique UVLMs in operation is designed, developed and patented by BrahMos Aerospace.

These BrahMos UVLMs are already operational on 30 ships of Indian Navy and the new missile will sit inside the same launcher.

The missile is the result of a naval requirement projected to the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The sanction for the project is expected in two months and the first trials of the missile could begin in early 2023.

The missile project has been designated to Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE ), a Bangalore-based DRDO lab developing unmanned systems.

ADE has the expertise of developing India’s first home-grown subsonic cruise missile, Nirbhay.

Developmental Flights

Around 20 developmental flights are being planned of the LRLACM, tipped to be developed with completely indigenous systems. Barring small sensors and accelerometres every component on this missile will be of indigenous class.

The terminal homing featured will be aided by a desi radio frequency (RF) seeker. Similar to Nirbhay, LRLACM too will be capable of flying at low altitude with sea-skimming capabilities.

At DefExpo 2020, a video is being played out showing the sea-skimming capabilities of Nirbhay during its last launch.

The missile’s journey has been captured by a chase aircraft and also through Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS).

During a visit to DRDO’s exhibition area, the Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh on Wednesday expressed his desire to get the new missile delivered at the earliest.

Once DRDO completes the trial phase of the new missile, the Indian Navy is keen to place an order on development cum production partner (DCPP). An order worth Rs 5,000 crore for 200 LRLACMs will be placed on the DCPP by Indian Navy.

Nirbhay’s New Avatar

Interestingly, the Nirbhay project, which completed six developmental trials from March 2013 to April 2019, has been technically closed.

The project has taken a new desi avatar with a renewed outlook and will be now known as the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM). The Indian power plant for ITCM – the Short Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) – is developed by Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) in Bangalore.


The first launch of ITCM will be with STFE and it will have an RF seeker developed by RCI, Hyderabad. The trial is expected to be conducted in April this year.

The air variant of ITCM too is taking shape at ADE in addition to a submarine variant as well.

DRDO is aiming to attain complete self-reliance for its missile programs. Efforts are afoot to cut the delays during the development phase and LRLACM and ITCM are among the batch of weapons cruising through the new thought process.


what? no more nirbhay missle? but why? we did lot of trails on that missile
 

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what? no more nirbhay missle? but why? we did lot of trails on that missile
But our requirements changed now we require a missile of long range with a supersonic terminal phase and also a missile with a range of greater than Brahmos but with similar speed of MK 2 but at a low cost so nirbhay ia now a test demonstrator
 

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what? no more nirbhay missle? but why? we did lot of trails on that missile
only 6 developmental trails were done, we will know by end of year if nirbhay project is fully closed. We know that it has defunded. for comparison Brahmos did 20 developmental trials.

Anyways I had my doubts on that project team for years, might as well reconstitute a new team with a renewed charter.
 

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Livefist has a concept pic of a lfrj missile,everytime there some discussion about cruise missile they post the same damn pic and claims that the conceptual missile is coming very soon without any basis or, proof....3rd grade journalism.....anyway,the claim that lrlacm will be a dual speed missile highly doubtfull,in that case it will be in service in 2030s..in my sense, it will be like nirbhay with some extra range in ground hugging mode..
 

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Livefist has a concept pic of a lfrj missile,everytime there some discussion about cruise missile they post the same damn pic and claims that the conceptual missile is coming very soon without any basis or, proof....3rd grade journalism.....anyway,the claim that lrlacm will be a dual speed missile highly doubtfull,in that case it will be in service in 2030s..in my sense, it will be like nirbhay with some extra range in ground hugging mode..
So will the navy missile be the Supersonic missile's
 

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Livefist has a concept pic of a lfrj missile,everytime there some discussion about cruise missile they post the same damn pic and claims that the conceptual missile is coming very soon without any basis or, proof....3rd grade journalism.....anyway,the claim that lrlacm will be a dual speed missile highly doubtfull,in that case it will be in service in 2030s..in my sense, it will be like nirbhay with some extra range in ground hugging mode..
Since 2010 Livefist has been posting LFRJ pic
 

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