Bharat Dynamics, the reported manufacturer of the Nirbhay class of missiles, is poised for a significant boost as all three branches of the defense forces are reportedly set to incorporate these missiles designed for striking targets over a distance of 1,000 kilometers.
“The government is actively reviewing a proposal to introduce the Nirbhay class cruise missiles into service,” ANI reported, citing sources. “The evaluation process is in an advanced stage, and upon approval, it will signify that all three defense forces will possess the capability to deploy subsonic cruise missiles for targeting.”
The government granted approval for the inclusion of the missile in the inventory of the other two services approximately two years ago. Presently, there is a plan to extend this clearance to include the third service as well.
The Nirbhay class cruise missiles serve as a complement to the supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles, which cover a shorter range. Developed domestically by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Nirbhay class comprises long-range cruise missiles that travel at subsonic speeds.