Few days ago the Indian Ministry of Defence has approved orders for 300 long-range cruise missiles and 250 air-to-air missiles. This cruise missile is a fearless advanced cruise missile developed by India with a range of more than 1,000 kilometers.
In 2019, India has successfully tested the Nirbhay cruise missile. After more than 40 minutes of flight, this missile hit the target accurately at 0.7 times the speed of sound. This cruise missile is called the Tomahawk cruise missile of India. It has a range of 1,000 kilometers, a speed of 0.7 times the speed of sound per hour, a load of 300 kilograms of warhead, and has the ability to fly at a low altitude of less than 100 meters.
Since 2010, India has begun the development of fearless missiles and conducted multiple tests. The deployment of Nirbhay cruise missiles will greatly increase the attack power of the Indian Air Force. In border conflicts, India has no way to deploy ballistic missiles. After all, the situation will escalate. Therefore, fighters can only be sent across the border to drop precision bombs, and the risk factor soars.
Now with cruise missiles, the Indian Air Force can launch missiles in safe areas, hundreds of kilometers away, or even 1,000 kilometers away. A shortcoming of the Indian army will be solved. Because the Indian Air Force has a large number of advanced fighters, the Indian Navy has newly constructed aircraft carriers and destroyer ships, and the Indian Army has elite armored assault clusters. But there is a lack of a new type of long-range strike weapon that can be used flexibly.
Nirbhay is a long range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile designed and developed in India by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).The missile can be launched from multiple platforms and is capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads. It is currently under development and undergoing flight trials.
The Nirbhay is India’s first indigenously produced cruise missile. The missile similar in appearance to the U.S. Tomahawk and the Russian Club SS-N-27 with its cylindrical fuselage. So far it is unclear whether the missile will be ground, sea, or air-launched, but its tests suggest at least a ground launched version. Additionally, the DRDO is said to be working on a road-mobile truck platform. Other reports suggest the Nirbhay is due for deployment on submarines. The Nirbhay is believed to be 6.0 m in length, 0.5 m in diameter, and 1,500 to 1,600 kg in launch weight. The payload is believed to be around 450 kg of HE/submunitions, but a small nuclear warhead with a 12 kT yield is also possible.
Originated from: India
Possessed by: India
Class: Subsonic Cruise Missile
Length: 6.0 m
Diameter: 0.5 m
Launch weight: 1,500-1,600 kg
Payload: 450 kg
Warhead: HE, submunitions, 12 kT nuclear potentially
Range: 800-1,000 km