MUMBAI – The fourth consecutive test of India’s land-attack cruise missile “Nirbhay”, designed to carry nuclear or conventional warheads failed on Wednesday, Indian media reported.
The Times of India said today that ‘Nirbhay,’ with a strike range of 1,000km, has failed to achieve the required test parameters all the four times.
“The test was an utter failure, with the missile veering to the right within two minutes of take-off,” the Indian daily quoted a source.
The subsonic missile’s first test in March 2013 had completely failed. The second one was dubbed “partial success” in October 2014, but the third test in October 2015 also failed miserably, said the report.
According to the report, the missile had to be destroyed in mid-air after it deviated from its flight path along the coast in the Bay of Bengal soon after launch from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore, off the Odisha coast around noon on Wednesday.