DRDO successfully test-fired indigenous technology cruise missile in eastern India

DRDO successfully test-fired indigenous technology cruise missile in eastern India
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight-test of Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM)  in eastern India’s Odisha.
The launch was conducted from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on April 18.
Visuals showed indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) successfully testing fire.
Multiple range sensors, including radar, electro-optical tracking systems (EOTS), and telemetry, deployed by ITR at various locations, meticulously monitored the missile’s performance to ensure comprehensive coverage of its flight trajectory. Additionally, the flight of the missile was observed from an Indian Air Force Su-30-Mk-I aircraft.

Utilizing waypoint navigation, the missile adhered to its intended path, showcasing a remarkable ability to fly at very low altitudes over the sea. This successful flight test not only demonstrated the dependable performance of the indigenous propulsion system developed by Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bengaluru, but also highlighted the advanced avionics and software integrated into the missile for enhanced reliability. Developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO laboratory in Bengaluru, in collaboration with other laboratories and Indian industries, the missile test was overseen by senior scientists from various DRDO laboratories and representatives from production partners.

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh commended DRDO for the successful flight test of the ITCM, emphasizing that the development of an indigenous long-range subsonic cruise missile powered by indigenous propulsion marks a significant achievement for Indian defense R&D.

Secretary of the Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO, Dr. Samir V. Kamat, extended congratulations to the entire DRDO team for the successful launch of the ITCM.

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