India has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) for a launch of an experimental flight vehicle in the Bay of Bengal for the period from 06 – 08 Oct 2021 as per information provided by Twitter user @detresfa_. DRDO also had issued same defined area for NOTAM in 23-25 June 2021 earlier this year but no Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) test had taken place after initial confusion over some media section reporting successfully trial, which had contradicted after getting clarifications from DRDO .

If indeed, DRDO plans to test Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile, it will be fitted with the indigenous 450 kgf thrust class Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE). Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2020 had carried out fresh trials for the first time with the STFE engine but decided to abort the trial a few minutes later due to problems in the booster stage.

ITCM is upgraded Nirbhay variant that is long-range sub-sonic cruise missile capable of deep penetration into adversary territory to strike high-value targets with precision. the missile, which travels at a speed of 0.7 Mach, has both terrain-hugging and sea-skimming capability that helps it avoid detection and counter-measures.

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