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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) achieved a major milestone today with the successful flight testing of the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Odisha.

This indigenously developed missile boasts long-range subsonic capabilities, powered by an engine designed and built entirely within India by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) in Bengaluru. The ITCM navigates using a waypoint guidance system, allowing it to follow a pre-programmed flight path with exceptional precision.

The test highlighted the ITCM’s ability to perform very low-altitude sea-skimming maneuvers, enhancing its stealth by hugging the water’s surface and evading radar detection. This successful flight not only validates the missile’s design and functionality but also establishes the reliability of the indigenous propulsion system developed by GTRE.

The DRDO employed a robust monitoring system during the test. An array of range sensors, including radar, electro-optical tracking systems (EOTS), and telemetry deployed by ITR at various locations, closely tracked the missile’s entire flight path. Additionally, the Indian Air Force’s Su-30 MKI aircraft monitored the missile’s performance.

The flawless performance of all ITCM subsystems during the test signifies a significant leap forward in India’s missile development program. This indigenous cruise missile strengthens India’s aerial defense capabilities and bolsters its strategic deterrence.