India terminates cruise missile test
Bhubaneswar, March 12 : India Tuesday terminated the maiden test of a long-range cruise missile after it deviated off course but defence scientists claimed "it met the mission objectives successfully".
The sub-sonic Nirbhay (fearless) missile was launched at 11.50 am from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur on sea in Balasore district, 230 km from here.
"The missile met the basic mission objectives successfully. After travelling approximately mid-way, deviations were observed from its intended course. Further flight was terminated to ensure coastal safety" Ravi Kumar Gupta, spokesperson of missile developer Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), said.
The test was "basically to check the performances of all sub-systems. Based on the results it may be modified," test range director M.V.K.V. Prasad told IANS.
The missile is claimed to be similar to the US Tomahawk, which can fly like an aircraft and is capable of travelling up to 1,000 km.