The Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has successfully test-fired a cruise missile powered by the indigenous Manik engine. The missile, named Nirbhay, was launched from the Integrated Test Range in Odisha and completed its mission objectives, flying at a low altitude and demonstrating its ability to navigate a pre-determined path.
The Nirbhay missile is a long-range, all-weather, subsonic cruise missile with the capability to carry nuclear or conventional warheads. It is designed to be highly maneuverable and has the ability to strike targets deep inside enemy territory.
The successful test-firing of the Nirbhay missile with the indigenous Manik engine is a significant milestone in India’s quest for self-reliance in the defense sector. It demonstrates the country’s growing capabilities in the development and production of advanced defense technologies.
The Manik engine, developed by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) of the DRDO, is a turbofan engine with an afterburner. It has been designed to power a variety of aircraft and missile systems, including the Nirbhay missile.
The development and production of indigenous defense technologies have been a key priority for the Indian government in recent years. The successful test-firing of the Nirbhay missile with the Made in India Manik engine is a significant step in this direction and a testament to India’s growing capabilities in the defense sector.