New Delhi (Sputnik) — After spending almost a year to fix the problem that caused two consecutive failures, Indian defense scientists are once again gearing up for a fresh experimental trial of country’s home-grown subsonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ this week at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha coast. It will be the fifth test launch of the missile in the last five years.
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"We are planning to have one probable trial (of the missile) next week," Dr S Christopher, chief of the state-owned Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) told the IANS on the sidelines of a three-day international conference- FIPS Physiocon —2017.
Last time when the missile was tested in December 2016, the engine had lost thrust. The missile also faced wing deployment and navigation software problems.
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Sources told Sputnik that in the upcoming trial of Nirbhay turbojet engine would be used, unlike the earlier trials that were carried out on turbofan engine. “Final checks of the missile sub-systems are on and hopefully the missile would be launched on Tuesday,” an official involved in the preparations told Sputnik.
Nirbhay which has been compared to the United States' Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles can take out targets 1,000 km away with a 300 kg warhead.