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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Nirbhay missile set for critical low-altitude trial; Sukhoi to chase

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Kochi, Oct 14: A Sukhoi (Su-30MKI) fighter will be on chase duties when the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) undertakes a crucial flight trial of the home-grown sub-sonic cruise missile, Nirbhay.
Top military sources have confirmed to OneIndia on Wednesday that the third flight trial of Nirbhay will be scheduled on October 16 from Launch Complex-III of Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur (near Balasore) off Odisha coast.
As this piece goes live, the final Flight Readiness Review (FRR) and Launch Authorization Board (LAB) meeting is underway.
An official said that this time the scientists are preparing the missile for a low-altitude flight, a challenging task. The missile will be likely to be brought down from around 4.8 km to 20 m.
"This time we are using a Sukhoi as a chase aircraft as it has long-endurance and can capture the flight parameters till the end,” an official said.
The current launch will be crucial for DRDO after the Modi government brought in changes on the top with a new Director General (Dr Selvin Christopher) and Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister (Dr G Satheesh Reddy) taking charge.
The trial will be also a litmus test for ADE’s recently-appointed Director M V K V Prasad.
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