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DRDO Successfully Test Fires Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile

DRDO conducted a successful test flight of the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur, Odisha. The missile showcased excellent performance, closely monitored by various sensors and the Indian Air Force.

Key Highlights

Subsystems Performance: During the test, all subsystems of the missile performed as expected, showcasing reliability and efficiency.

Flight Monitoring: The flight path of the missile was meticulously monitored by a range of sensors including Radar, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS), and Telemetry, ensuring comprehensive coverage.

Airborne Monitoring: The Indian Air Force’s Su-30-Mk-I aircraft actively monitored the flight, enhancing the surveillance capabilities.

Waypoint Navigation and Sea-skimming Flight: The missile successfully followed its intended path using waypoint navigation and demonstrated a very low-altitude sea-skimming flight, showcasing its precision and versatility.

Indigenous Propulsion System: The successful flight test established the reliable performance of the indigenous propulsion system developed by Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) in Bengaluru, marking a significant milestone for Indian defense R&D.

Congratulations and Recognition

From Defence Minister: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful flight test, acknowledging the achievement as a major milestone in Indian defense R&D.

DRDO Chairman’s Recognition: Secretary Department of Defence R&D and DRDO Chairman Dr. Samir V Kamat commended the entire DRDO team for the successful launch of the ITCM.

Advanced Features and Development

Avionics and Software: The ITCM is equipped with advanced avionics and software to ensure enhanced performance and reliability.

Development Process: Developed by the Bengaluru-based DRDO laboratory Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) in collaboration with other laboratories and Indian industries, the missile represents a collaborative effort towards indigenous defense capabilities.

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