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India’s first home-grown subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay has been a problem child for the Indian military planners that have been riddled with technical issues but advancement due to the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM), which is just a Technological demonstrator program for the testing and validating the Manik Engine / Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) likely to evolve into new sub-sonic cruise missile by end of this year.

The LRLACM (Long-Range Land Attack Cruise Missile ) program that DRDO is developing with a range of 1000km will have different hardware and equipment developed from different labs after learning from the technical issues that plagued the Nirbhay program.

LRLACM Program is under development with the Naval team monitoring the progress of the program. The Navy is keen to equip its frontline warships with LRLACM a key component in the modern warship arsenal that BrahMos with limited range cant offer.

LRLACM like sub-sonic cruise missiles will have a sub-sonic flight regime but will have a third stage with ramjet propulsion that will kick in a last-mile supersonic sprint at the terminal stage making it bid harder for the land based and Ship Air Defence systems to intercept it.

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