Sec­ond Nirb­hay mis­sile test likely by Novem­ber

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

Fol­low­ing the par­tial suc­cess of the Nirb­hay sub­sonic cruise mis­sile on its March 12 de­but test, the de­vel­op­ment team has man­aged to iden­tify the glitch in the in­er­tial navi­a­tion sys­tem (INS) that forced them to push the kill but­ton 17 min­utes into the flight, fol­low­ing a per­fect launch se­quence. De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony con­firmed in the Par­lia­ment that the prob­lem had been iden­ti­fied and was in the process of be­ing fixed.

DRDO sources re­veal that fix­ing the prob­lem was a learn­ing process, given that the Nirb­hay is al­most en­tirely In­dian, with all ma­jor sys­tems and elec­tron­ics fully in­dige­nous. They also re­vealed that a cru­cial sec­ond test could take place by Novem­ber this year, if all goes well. The March 12 de­but test was a par­tial dis­ap­point­ment since the Nirb­hay test was al­ready de­layed by at least two years. The Nirb­hay will be tested till 2017, fol­low­ing which it will be in­ducted into the armed forces. An air-launched and shiplaunched ver­sion will also be de­vel­oped and tested in tan­dem.

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