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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Chairman G Sateesh Reddy recently in an interview confirmed that India’s first developmental trial of a Nirbhay cruise missile fitted with an indigenous Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) developed by DRDO’s Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) will be tested soon in coming days.

Nirbhay is India’s first indigenously designed and developed long-range cruise missile that can carry 200-300-kilogram warheads and can strike land targets at a distance of up to 1,000 kilometers. Nirbhay Long Range Land Attack Cruise Missile is already deployed in limited numbers with Russian NPO Saturn 36MT mini turbofan but India is upgrading the missile system with a more indigenous system that includes a new radio frequency seeker.

Indian Navy and DRDO have agreed to work on development of an new New Class of Long-Range Land Attack Cruise Missile that will have a longer range than Army and Air force variant to be equipped on frontline Naval warships and both India’s Nuclear Attack submarine program and India’s Project-75I program for Six new generations conventional-Diesel submarine program. Air force variant is also under development for launch from fighter aircrafts.

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