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Nirbhay missile’s crucial parts to come from Pune labs

India successfully test fired cruise missile 'Nirbhay' which can travel at tree top level and evade Radars - an object-detection system that uses radio waves to determine the range, angle, or velocity of objects. It can also carry warheads of up to 300kg, including nuclear weapons and is a potent weapon of offence. Pakistan has already inducted a cruise missile in its arsenal.

The 1500 kilogram missile has a length of about six meters and flies like a conventional plane powered by an engine and has small wings. Once the missile achieves a designated altitude and velocity, the booster motor is separated and the engine automatically switches on taking further propulsion. The missile's wing opens up mid-way in its flight by the commands generated by the sophisticated on-board computer for stabilising the flight path.

The indigenously designed and developed long-range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, which underwent a fifth test firing from an Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore on Tuesday, has a significant contribution from three Pune laboratories of the DRDO for crucial parts like initial booster, warhead and the launcher.

Pune-based High Energy Material Research Laboratory (HEMRL) located has contributed for the initial booster system that launches the missile. The other laboratory, Armament Research and Development Establishment (ARDE) developed the warhead of the missile and its special launcher was designed and developed by the Research and Development Establishment (Engineers), R&DE(E) at Dighi in Pune.


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