Senior Scientists at India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) while speaking to Defense correspondence Dr. Anantha Krishnan M, have confirmed that seventh trial of India’s long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile ” NIRBHAY ” will feature an Indigenous Seeker and Small gas-turbine Manik Engine developed by GTRE, which they plan to test fire within years time.

Officials at Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) which is in charge of the Nirbhay program also confirmed that development work on the Nirbhay program is now complete and now their focus has shifted towards development of user-specific variants for the Air force, Navy, and Army based on their requirements which they plan to accomplish within the next 3-5 years.

ADE already has the option of using two Indigenous seekers, which already have been derived from other Indian missile systems. One Indigenous seeker is already in development and the other one is readily available but a decision will be taken after comparing both the seekers and which will benefit the Nirbhay program the most.

Speaking on Manik Engine, ADE officials confirmed that the program initiated by GTRE has entered production stage and few production samples will be provided to them in next few months and seventh flight trial will be held by the first half of next year to demonstrate crucial indigenous component.

With Indigenous seeker and Manik Engine, Indigenous content in Nirbhay program by cost will reach 100% which presently is at 70% confirmed ADE officials.


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