India test-fired its indigenous land-attack cruise missile

The Indian Ministry of Defense announced that its Defense Research and Development Organization successfully test-fired its indigenous land-attack cruise missile, Nirbhay, on Nov 7.

The Nirbhay was fired from the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of the southeastern province of Odisha. The missile cruised for a total time duration of 50 minutes and achieved the range of 647 km.

The Nirbhay is capable of loitering, cruises at Mach 0.9, and is reported to have a range between 800 and 1,000 km. It carries a 300-450 kg conventional payload (high explosive, submunitions), but can also be fitted with a small nuclear warhead.