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India’s Nirbhay Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) Advances with Locally Developed Manik Engine: Limited Scale Production in the Pipeline

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India's Nirbhay Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) Advances with Locally Developed Manik Engine: Limited Scale Production in the Pipeline
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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is poised to receive orders for the limited-scale production of the Nirbhay Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM), heralding a pivotal moment in India’s missile capabilities. This significant development follows the successful tests of the Manik engine, an indigenous turbofan engine meticulously crafted for the Nirbhay.

Breaking Free from Foreign Dependencies

In a noteworthy departure from reliance on the Russian-supplied NPO Saturn 36MT engine, the successful testing of the Manik engine signifies a stride towards self-sufficiency. This breakthrough not only enhances independence but also holds the promise of a potentially more cost-effective missile system.

Land Attack Variant’s Strategic Significance

Both the Air Force and Army eagerly anticipate the induction of the Land Attack variant, boasting a striking range of 1,000 km. This ground-based iteration aims to bolster long-range strike capabilities, serving as a formidable deterrent against potential adversaries operating deep within enemy territory.

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Nirbhay Indigenous Technology Subsonic Long-Range Cruise Missile during testing from ground-based launcher (File Photo)

Submarine-Launched Nirbhay Expands Arsenal

DRDO’s successful testing of the submarine-launched Nirbhay in 2023, achieving a range of 403 km, adds a new dimension to India’s strategic capabilities. While a pending full-range test for 500 km is on the horizon, this underwater capability enhances the nation’s maritime prowess.

Aerial Versatility in Development

The Air-launched variant of the Nirbhay remains in the developmental phase, underscoring India’s commitment to diversify its aerial launch platforms for this versatile missile. This strategic intent aims to ensure comprehensive coverage and operational flexibility.

Limited-Scale Production: A Stepping Stone

The commencement of limited-scale production is a critical step forward, facilitating further refinements and operational assessments before mass production. This cautious approach underscores the commitment to meeting the stringent demands of the armed forces and ensuring optimal performance.

Nirbhay Empowering India

The indigenous Nirbhay, propelled by the Manik engine, signifies a significant leap in India’s self-reliance in cruise missile technology. This technological advancement empowers the nation to safeguard its strategic interests and respond effectively to emerging threats, establishing India as a key player in the evolving landscape of missile capabilities.

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