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Indian cruise missile, an equivalent of the American Tomahawk, failed in the tests

NEW DELHI, (BM) – India is persistently and consistently pursuing serious armaments in its military units, with the New Delhi administration’s clear goal of making the country one of the world’s leading military forces in the near future, which is likely to happen at a similar pace.

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The latest military development of Indian engineers and military complex is the subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, which should be the equivalent of the American missile of the same class Tomahawk and the Russian missile of the same class SS-N-27 Sizzler.

As BulgarianMilitary.com has learned from local sources and US military analysts, the latest tests of the new Indian rocket have failed, mostly due to technical problems in the engine, which led to a violation of the intended flight functionality of the rocket eight minutes after its launch.

The problems in the engine raise serious questions to be solved, as it turns out that the Russian Saturn 50MT is the engine that supplies the driving power of the rocket. However, it is assumed that this problem will be solved, however, as Nirbhay is another joint project between Russia and India, and Russian engineers will be sent to help eliminate the problems.

Otherwise, the characteristics set to achieve the missile are quite promising, since according to one of the engineers in the production plant, this missile is “invisible” [whatever that means – ed.] and will have the ability to attack multiple targets and carry different warheads.

“Cruise missiles like Tomahawk and Nirbhay [if successful] do not follow a ballistic parable, but embrace the terrain on their way. Therefore, they are more difficult to detect than conventional radars. And therefore more deadly and thus required by the Indian Armed Forces,” said an army official.

Nirbhay has an impressive 6 meters in height and weighs nearly 1,500 kg, but its speed is still not as impressive as it is estimated at 0.7 Max. However, the missile will be able to reach cruising speed thanks to its acceleration after launch. Nirbhay is a two-stage rocket

The interesting thing about its construction is the presence of several innovations, such as GPS, which will allow the rocket to change its trajectory from the original set, a laser gyroscope, a separate navigation system and a Russian search and location system. Changing the trajectory in flight will make the missile difficult to intercept, as it is assumed that this type of missile would fly at low altitudes, which will also make it “invisible” to radar [perhaps this was what the Indian meant the expert – ed.]

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However, the test must be repeated and the problems must be solved, because India has already ordered at least 300 missiles of this type to enter the army. According to experts from India, the government plans to conduct at least an additional 20 tests, which they hope will clear up any future problems. Whether these tests will be enough – only the time will show us.

Bharat Dynamics Limited is an Indian company that manufactures the Nirbhay rocket, and the value of one rocket is estimated at $ 1.5 million. The weapon is manufactured by state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited, and each Nirbhay missile system will cost about $ 1.5 million.

Successful test of a new Indian hypersonic missile that will enter service soon

As we reported on October 3 according to the Indian edition of Indian Times, New Delhi has already performed tests on the latest hypersonic missile of the Indian Missile Forces, namely the Shaurya missile.

According to familiar experts, this missile has a short range of action, suggesting that we are talking about a range of damage within 800 km. Sources claim that the last tests were today (Saturday, October 3 – ed.) And very soon the Indian Armed Forces will be able to bring it into combat readiness to defend the state territory.

What you need to know, however, is that the missile did not take off at hypersonic speed, but reached the desired hypersonic speed in the last stage of flight, just before hitting the target with precise accuracy. Only a lighter version of the missile, from the one that has already been tested, is to be developed.

Indian President Narendra Modi continues to invest in the development of local research and development, such as the Shaurya missile, which seeks to make India more independent of foreign military proposals and ensure the necessary self-sufficiency in the armaments of the Indian army and units. for the defense of the Asian country.

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We remind you that together with Moscow, New Delhi has developed and put into operation and on combat duty hypersonic missile BrahMos, which has the ability to hit targets at distances of up to 400 km and is one of the prides of the Indian defense.

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