India test-fires first indigenous cruise missile
The medium-range Nirbhay missile has been under development since 2007. It is a high-precision cruise missile, said Vijay Kumar Saraswat from the Defense Research and Development Organization, which is part of the Indian Defense Ministry.
According to VK Saraswat, the rocket is hard to detect and will be deployed with the country’s air force, navy and army. It will carry various types of warheads including nuclear ones.
India has started the manufacturing of a scaled-down model of the BrahMos Russian-Indian supersonic missile.
The new missile will weigh 1.5 tons; it will be some 6 metres long and will boast a range of approximately 290 kilometres.
The missile is meant for the Indian Air Force, and is due to be test-fired in a matter of 18 months to 24 months.
The joint Russian-Indian venture BrahMos Aerospace was set up in 1998, and was named after the two rivers, - Brahmaputra and Moskva.
The sea-based supersonic BrahMosmissile was successfully test-fired in October last year.
The submarine-based analogue is due to be test-fired in March this year.
Voice of Russia, TASS