16:18 GMT18 June 2021
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    India has been fast-tracking development and deployment of modern weapons amid the ongoing border tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. A total of 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a brutal face-off with Chinese soldiers in mid-June.

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test fired the “Nirbhay” missile at 10:30 AM (IST) into the Bay of Bengal on Monday from a test facility in the Indian state of Odisha. However, just eight minutes later, the trial was aborted.

    This is the fourth time since 2013 that a trial launch of Nirbhay cruise missile has been stopped mid-way.

    The Hindi word “Nirbhay” translates as “fearless”; upon completing its trials, potentially in the upcoming months, the cruise missile will formally be inducted by the Indian military.

    Just eight minutes after its launch, the 800 km-range subsonic missile developed a snag due to which the trial was brought to an end, Hindustan Times reported, citing a DRDO official. 

    ​The test launch of Nirbhay missile marked India’s 10th missile trial in the last 35 days amid ongoing border tensions with China.

    Earlier last week, the DRDO successfully tested a new-generation anti-radiation missile called RUDRAM.

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