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India test-fires nuclear-competent cruise missile

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India on Friday test-fired a nuclear-capable cruise missile from Balasore in Odisha state, reported by Time of India (ToI).

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The Nirbhay missile has a range of over 700 kilometres, as claimed in ToI adding that today’s test-fire was the second regarding trialing of the missile.

The first test of the missile was performed on March 12 last year from the same base but “the flight had to be terminated mid-way, as deviations were observed from its intended course,” the ToI quoted an official as saying.

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According to the officials, the Nirbhay has good loitering capability, effective control and guidance, high degree of accuracy as well as effective stealth features.

Moreover, the long range capability Nirbhay is being developed by India’s Defence Research and Development organization (DRDO).

The test comes at the time when India and Pakistan are engaged in clashes along the Line of Control (LoC) and the working boundary and also as India has conveyed to China that it could no longer be issued warnings by anyone saying the South Asian nation was now immensely powerful and held a prominent position on the international stage.

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