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Old December 21st, 2016, 10:51 AM
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Nirbhay cruise missile is an utter failure

Another test of the Nirbhay land-attack cruise missile, designed to carry nuclear warheads to a strike range of 1,000-km, failed on Wednesday. This was the subsonic missile's fourth test since March 2013, all of which have more or less failed to achieve test parameters.

The missile had to be destroyed in mid-air after it deviated from its flight-path along the coast in Bay of Bengal soon after launch from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore off the Odisha coast around noon on Wednesday. "The test was an utter failure, with the missile veering to the right within two minutes of take-off," said a source.

While the missile's first test in March 2013+ had completely failed, the second one+ was dubbed "a partial success" in October 2014. But the third test+ in October 2015 and the one on Wednesday also failed miserably.

DRDO may have come a long way in developing ballistic missiles like the Agni series, which have strike ranges from 700-km to over 5,000-km, but continues to flounder in the field of cruise missiles.

The armed forces, of course, already have the supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles developed with the help of Russia, but they have a range of only 290-km as of now and carry only conventional warheads.

The Nirbhay, a stealth missile in the making for almost a decade now+ , was meant to fulfill the armed forces' demand for nuclear-tipped land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs) versatile enough to be fired from land, air and sea. The missile was said to be a counter to Pakistan's Babur LACM.
The real big test for DRDO, of course, will be the impending fourth test of the Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile+ , with a strike range over 5,000-km, in its final operational configuration from the Wheeler Island off Odisha.


This test of the three-stage Agni-V, after which it will undergo user-trials by the Strategic Forces Command, is planned for end-December or early-January, as was first reported by TOI.
While ballistic missiles like the Agni follow a parabolic trajectory, cruise missiles like Nirbhay are designed to fly at low-altitudes, virtually hugging the terrain, to evade enemy radars and missile defence systems.


The Nirbhay, after an initial blast off with a solid-propellant booster rocket engine to gain speed and altitude, is supposed to deploy its smallish wings and tail fins in the second-stage to fly like an aircraft thereafter.
The missile, which flies at a speed of 0.6-0.7 Mach and carries a 300-kg warhead, is designed to be highly maneuverable with "loitering capabilities" to first identify and then hit the intended target.



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/i...w/56105444.cms
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Can we sell it to Pakistan?
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Can we sell it to Pakistan?
We can re-brand it as Taimur (meaning iron, which is what it essentially is).. then Pakistan may buy it.
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We can re-brand it as Taimur (meaning iron, which is what it essentially is).. then Pakistan may buy it.
Do they have money to buy anything?
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Do they have money to buy anything?
They will have somebody finance it and call them great 'madadgaar' .. I heard this term about China from few Pukis. They were saying China is so nice and helpful, I was saying your PM is selling your country and you don't even know.
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I was saying your PM is selling your country and you don't even know.
they are happy somebody is ready to buy
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On the missie front, such fancy ones are for capability building and CHina.ForPak, shouldnt Prithvi missiles be enough?
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On the missie front, such fancy ones are for capability building and CHina.ForPak, shouldnt Prithvi missiles be enough?
prithvi is a ballistic missile , and ballistic missiles are not so accurate . they are good enough for nuclear strike because nukes destroy large territory and accuracy does not matter . for example , if a nuke destined for mumbai falls in new mumbai still the explosion will be so big that it will damage mumbai . but ballistic missile is not good for conventional strike---like for example if a particular tank building factory is to be destroyed with accurate strike on the tank factory with conventional non nuclear explosives .

nirbhay is supposed to be a cruise missile and is supposed to cruise to the target rather than uses ballistic power like ballistic missiles . it is supposed to be slower than ballistic missiles but more accurate . it is used for conventional non nuclear strike on specific targets like tank factory etc .
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