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Nirbhay Cruise Missile

Discussion in 'Indian Military Doctrine' started by Gessler, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. Marqueur

    Marqueur Peaceful Silence ELITE MEMBER

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    Here is the Video !!!

     
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    Zeus_@21 Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    The Nirbhay is believed to be 6.0 m in length, 0.5 m in diameter, and 1,500 to 1,600 kg in launch weight. The payload is believed to be around 450 kg of HE/submunitions, but a small nuclear warhead with a 12 kT yield is possible. The missile utilizes a solid propellant booster motor that is jettisoned shortly after launch. It uses a turbojet engine with a cruise speed of M0.65. The missile is guided by INS/GPS with an active-radar terminal seeker. The range is between 800 and 1,000 km.

    How much destruction can this 450 kg of HE/submunitions/12 kT cause?? Let me guess the bomb dropped over Japan(WWII) was 18 to 22 kT range. Looks like it can wipe out an infantry regiment.
     
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  3. Gessler

    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Nirbhay uses turbofan, not turbojet. I have calculated the cruise speed to be around 0.73 Mach.

    Yes, the payload is good enough for targets like airfields, army columns, other tactical and semi-strategic installations.
     
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    Paliwal Warrior Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    the boosrer lsted only for 10 sec
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    with a warhead of 450kgs, this missile can carry heaviest of our nukes and alternately we can reduce the warhead weight, increase the fuel to get much higher range.
     
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    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Nirbhay waypoints during latest test

    Thanks to sayareakd at the other forum
     
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    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    When the first test failed last year, this was my response -

    Check page 5
     
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    sam2012 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Is nirbhay using GTRE engine as mentioned in IDRW.org??
    Nirbhay Fearlessly taking India to new heights | idrw.org

    if it uses Russian engine then it is violation of MTCR right?? , Indian turbofan engine on then cruise missile then it is much more to cheer for

    any experts please confirm
     
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    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Yes, it is using Indian engine, developed by HAL in collaboration with GTRE.

    Nirbhay missile has never used Russian engines - it's in direct violation of the same MTCR guidelines which prohibit BrahMos range from being openly tested beyond 300km.

    Only thing to have used Russian engine was the Nirbhay target drone that was designed
    to mimic a cruise missile - it was to have the Saturn 36MT turbofan. The confusion came because both the missile & target drone had the same name - Nirbhay. After the missile came, this target drone was renamed as "Abhyas" I think. It was supposed to have the 36MT engine once initial testing was complete.
     
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    sam2012 Captain FULL MEMBER

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    Great news MOD , is this Laghu shakti engine or a new engine???

    any specification on thrust etc , can these engine power trainer aircraft or tubofan UAV

    Livefist: Now, A Third Indigenous UAV Turbofan Effort
     
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    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    As far as I can verify, there are 2 mini-turbofan engines being developed.

    1) The Small Gas Turbine Engine (SGTE), this has a thrust of 373daN ( 380kgf / 837lbf ) and is developed for Nirbhay.

    2) The Laghu-Shakti, which has a slightly higher thrust that tops out at 393daN ( 400kgf / 881lbf ) and is mainly for UAVs. A
    Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance as well as a High Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE & HALE) jet-powered UAVs are being
    developed by ADE to make use of these engines.

    It serves to note that both these engines are, thrust-wise, more powerful than the Tomahawk engine that has a reported maximum
    of 700lbf as far as I know.
     
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    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Pics taken from a Jaguar chase aircraft during Nirbhay's 2nd test last year
     
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    Gessler Lt. Colonel IDF NewBie

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    Must-see HD video of Nirbhay in flight, taken from the same Jaguar chase aircraft -

     
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    http://idrw.org/after-spending-100-...idering-pulling-the-plugs-on-nirbhay-project/

    Once a pride for Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India’s own cruise missile project Nirbhay is on the verge of closure.A highly placed source told ‘The Express’ that the project is likely to be closed as the missile has failed to deliver desired results even 12 years after the project was launched. A review of the project will be conducted shortly.
     
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    IMHO we must scrap Nirbhay missile and extend the range of Brahmos from 750Kms to over 1000kms.
     

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