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    Anonymous

    these drdo fellows really have some nerve. a prototype test by 2009?? where the hell are they getting the cruise missile engine from? hmm. gtre? bloody hell.

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    Anonymous

    Shiv what happened. I thought i would be reading abt Nirbhaya from your blog first.I expect from you a special report on Nirbhaya for your blog readers as promised :-). Will you ?

    Joe

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    Abhiman

    Mr. Aroor, this effort by the DRDO is extremely laudable, and unfortunately hardly reported in the Indian media.

    The most important part as mentioned by anonymous, would be the turbofan (or turbojet) engine for the same.

    However, in my view, as DRDO is under criticism nowadays, it may concentrate more on the PAD anti-ballistic missile system, which will render the Pakistani missiles Hatf-I through Hatf-VI ineffective against India. The Trishul can be used against Babar
    cruise missile and Harpoon.

    Mr. Aroor, on another topic, I may kindly request you to try to find about the status of the “promised” user-trials of the Trishul and Akash missiles respectively.

    Thank you.

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    Mihir

    A Tomahawk-type crooz missile eh? Wasn’t there some news about India buying engines for such a missile (it was reported to be the Lakshya)?

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    Anonymous

    Would’nt it be more practical to increase the range of the Brahmos cruise missle rather than start all out on a brand new sub-sonic cruise missle? Unless there are some advantages to a sub-sonic cruise missle compared to a supersonic one.

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    Shiv Aroor

    mihir: yes, 200 NPO Saturn miniature turbojets for the Lakshya. They begin deliveries this year.

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    Mihir

    Anon,
    I believe subsonic missiles have greater range. If I remember my thermodynamics correctly, ramjets guzzle fuel like you wouldn’t believe. Plus, a Tomahawk-type missile can fly a true “terrain-hugging” profile. I don’t think the Brahmos can do that.

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  8. 8

    Mihir

    Shiv,
    Is there any reason to suspect that these would be used on the Nirbhay? Or are they for the Lakshya alone?

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  9. 9

    Anonymous

    Thanks for the clarification Mihir.

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    Sujan Dutta

    Hi Shiv/readers,

    Thanks Shiv for telling me about the comments. Here’s what I can add — based completely on what Avinash Chander (the man in-charge) — said:

    1) Work on the Nirbhay began earlier this year

    2) It is a completely indigenous effort

    3) Yes, Chander’s team is also working on the turbofan engine

    4) All three services projected the requirement for the missile

    5) He did not expect the Nirbhay will take “a lot of tests” after the technology-demonstrator is fired.

    Cheers

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    Anonymous

    Conceptual work on Nirbhay began much before this year – lof of fundamental drawingboard work was happening at NAL. Probably ASL got funding sanction begining of this year “formally”.

    A part of the work was already outsourced to L&T – to comeup with a reliable mechanism for “unfolding the wings” when the missile has cleared the canister. The dimensions of the wing (span, chord) and also dia of the missile will be fairly close to T’hawk specs.

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  12. 12

    Anonymous

    Avinash Chander is the biggest fraud

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  13. 13

    vasu72

    great news for Indians

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    Anonymous

    One need’nt brand anyone with a particular tag without going into details and stretegic requirements which can be seen only if we see the defence requirements holistically. Hence rightly there has been a requirement of a subsonic missile with a longer range which cannot presently be taken on by Brahmos. So let give this new potential a pat on the back to deliver on schedule.

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    Anonymous

    Anon, yes AC is a fraud. That [email protected]#$% led the Agni-3 team and had it deliver a working product. What a bad dude.

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    Anonymous

    Nirbhay has existed for several years now..at least two. ADE and IISc have worked on it for the past couple of years. Like the previous anon said, its probably that full scale funding has been sought now to develop a functional operational CM.

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