Significant weapon to be tested soon

Nirbhay — the 1,000 km subsonic cruise missile being developed in land, sea, and air versions, will undergo its second test flight on Oct 17. DRDO seniors are confident that the sensor malfunction that had marred the first test-firing has been corrected, and that this time around the missile will deliver unblemished performance. What’s most significant is that the mid course navigation of the missile by means of satellites. aircraft. etc is in place and worked well during the first flight. Prioritised, the project will soon have a lethal new BVR weapon for the Indian military, enabling neutralization of all kinds of medium distance-targets, and to otherwise keep adversary weapons platforms at bay.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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4 Responses to Significant weapon to be tested soon

  1. Itanium says:

    “What’s most significant is that the mid course navigation of the missile by means of satellites.”

    What are we going to rely on for navigation? American GPS – If so (& I hope not) it will be a monumental blunder.

  2. Shaurya says:

    The Indian regional constellation is WIP and should be up in a few years. I am sure Nirbhay would have a Glonass receiver, for which we have a military frequencies available.

    • Itanium says:

      IRNSS has rather pathetic coverage if you look at it – a small patch on Earth. IMO any GPS like system is not worth the bucks until it makes a global coverage.

      I suspect limiting it to regional arena must have been a ‘master stroke’ plan from a truly imbecile bureaucrat in dept. of space.

      • @Itanium — The Indian Gagan constellation to provide own GPS is not up yet. But it’ll be. The point is Nirbhay’s capacity to be steered by extra-terrestrial means, which has been proven. In the interim period, it will rely on Glonass.

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