10 Facts to know about Nirbhay Missile
Nirbhay is a long range, subsonic cruise missile developed in India by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. Nirbhay missile is an all-weather low-cost long-range cruise missile with stealth and high accuracy. The missile has a range of 1000 to 1500km.
Pakistan is having Babur medium-range cruise missile since 2005 in its arsenal. With the successful test of Nirbhaya missile, India has regained its supremacy over Pakistan in missile technology.
With the test of Nirbhay missile India has mastered few critical technologies and bridging the critical gap in the country’s arsenal. The successful indigenous development of Nirbhay cruise missile will fill a vital gap in the war-fighting capabilities of our armed forces.
Nirbhay is able to pick out a target and attack it among multiple targets. The missile has a loitering capability, i.e., it can go around a target and perform several maneuvers and then re-engage it. The 10 facts to know about Nirbhay missile includes its technical & strategic importance.
These are the 10 Facts to know about Nirbhay Missile
- It is a sub-sonic cruise missile. It blasts off like a rocket, then it turns into an aircraft. Unlike other ballistic missiles like the Agni, Nirbhay has foldable wings for navigation.
- The introduction of nuclear weapons in the subcontinent has virtually stalled a conventional Indian response to Pakistan’s cross-border terrorism. After Nirbhay into its Arsenal, India can carry out quick surgical strikes and thus back up India’s “cold start” doctrine that envisages limited, precise strikes across the border.
- It carries a ring laser gyroscope for high-accuracy navigation and a radio altimeter for the height determination. Its Circular Error Probability (CEP) is much better than its Pakistani Counterpart, Babur ( See Nirbhay Vs Babur). So it can precisely hit the desired target.
- It is capable of being launched from multiple platforms on land, sea, and air and shall be inducted into Indian Navy, Army, and Air Force. In particular, Nirbhay is being adapted for the Su-30-MKI.
- This missile will be mounted on Kolkata Class destroyers for an anti-ship and anti-submarine applications. That will add a new dimension for Indian Navy’s fighting capabilities.
- It can strike targets more than 1000 km away carrying nuclear warheads, giving India the capability to strike deep into enemy territory. This missile can hit any part of Pakistan without being detected by the radar.
- The Nirbhay is very maneuverable and, can fly as low as 5m, at tree-top level making it difficult to detect on enemy radar.
- Once near the target, it can even loiter, striking at will from any direction and can decoy anti-missile systems.
- It gives India the capacity to launch different kinds of payloads at different ranges from various platforms at a very low cost. It can be launched from a mobile launcher.
- It is India’s answer to America’s Tomahawk and Pakistan’s Babur missile. The US had deployed cruise missiles very effectively during the Gulf War.