Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) aborted the test-firing for Nirbhay Subsonic cruise missile 8 minutes after the launch.
“The missile was fired at 10.30 am from the testing facility,” a government official told Hindustan Times. “But the missile developed a snag and the trial was aborted 8 minutes later,” the official said.
This is the seventh trial of subsonic cruise missile which took place from Wheeler Island Odisha.
DRDO has already tested all the major sub systems of Nirbhay like guidance/navigation and control surfaces but as of now the missile uses a Russian Engine.
In todays test DRDO used a new indigenously developed Short Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) in todays trial and an upgraded RF seeker.
Possibly the technical snag appeared in indigenous Turbo Fan engine. However the official details yet to come which can confirm the actual reason behind abortion.
Nirbhay missile already deployed in a limited number in Ladakh with Russian engine amid tensions with China along with Brahmos supersonic cruise missile and Akash Surface to Air Missile (SAM).
It weighs around 1500 kg. It has a range of about 1000 km and is capable of delivering 24 different types of warheads in between 200–300 kg and can travel at a speed of 0.7 Mach.
It was believed that DRDO would conduct a new test in few months which will enable a full fledged induction of Nirbhay in Indian Armed Forces.
Including today test, DRDO has conducted 10 missile tests in last 35 days out of which 9 were successful.