Development Nirbhay the company does Advanced Systems Laboratory, Division of defense research and development (DRDO) of India. Despite the fact that the project has been five years of the latest cruise missile until it is clear not much. According to official data, it will own in the range of 800-1000 km and subsonic flight. Rocket designed using stealth technology.
According to the Managing DRDO Vijay Kumar Saraswat, design and aerodynamic calculations have been completed, and lately begin prototyping. As expected, the first tests Nirbhay place before the end of 2010, and the public will show the newest missile in the Indian AeroIndia-2011 air show.
It is possible that India may face a slippage in developing Nirbhay. In any case, some of the Indian military projects are champions in development time. For example, a tank Arjun Indian DRDO has created in 34 years. Indian Tejas fighter created in 1983, and in April 2010, the Government of India has extended the development of the aircraft to the December 31, 2018, in other words, up to 35 years.
This also applies to some other military developments in India, which vpribavok to all parts supplied in the performance of unknown properties. Thus, the long development all of the same tank Arjun was justified abundance of technical flaws that were detected each time to foster military trials for almost 10 years. Ballistic missile Prithvi, standing armed India and capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and sometimes glitch. Namely, the March of Indian missile test failed due to a bad start Prithvi.
It seems however, India is interested in the early development Nirbhay. To a large extent this is due to the fact that the adjoining Pakistan is increasing its military power. In March 2010, the participation of India tests ballistic missiles in response to the U.S. announcement of intention to transfer to Pakistan of 14 new F-16 fighter Fighting Falcon. In addition, the creation of Nirbhay will allow to increase the strategic power of the Indian Air Force.
Of strategic weapons Air Force India at the moment can only use svobodnopadayuschie nuclear bomb. Presumably, armed Indian aviation are Israeli cruise missiles Popeye II, purchased in 1998, but clear information on their numbers and no media. In addition, the range of these missiles is only 80 km away, which imposes restrictions on their use. Nirbhay will allow to apply the dot and operational nuclear strikes on enemy targets without the need to fly into his area that can be covered by a shield of defense.
At the same time, Nirbhay after adopting the Indian Air Force will be the second in a row cruise missile, used by the Air Force, not including Popeye. The first cruise missile in 2012 will become the "BrahMos" air-based design which is a joint Indo-Russian venture BrahMos Aerospace. This rocket, tests which will begin in late 2010, is designed for anti-ship and land-based enemy targets.
As expected, the "BrahMos" missile will be the first in the Air Force, capable of destroying targets at a distance of 300 km. None of the missiles air-to-surface, standing in the Air Force India at the moment, is not capable of striking targets at ranges greater than 100 km. Long range will only be Nirbhay. All the same, "BrahMos", which is planned to be used on board the Su-30MKI is not capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
It must be emphasized that India wants to significantly expand the range of weapons Su-30MKI fighters, which ultimately will make a huge part of the Indian Air Force fighter fleet. In 1996-1998, India has ordered the Russian Federation 50 Su-30MKI fighters, and later has placed an order for 40 aircraft. India also has a license to build 140 Su-30MKI fighters, which must be collected prior to 2017. First, in October 2009, India announced that he wants to buy 50 more aircraft.
In March, it became clear that our homeland and India are in talks to supply 42 Su-30MKI fighters. At the moment, the Indian Air Force owns 104 of these fighters, and by 2015, that number should increase to 230. Purchase of aircraft will be carried out within the framework of the modernization programs from the Indian Air Force, which in the coming 12 years
planned izderzhat than 100 billion dollars.