India's Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile will make its first flight during 2012, with systems integration work under way, says Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief V K Saraswat.

To be fired eventually from a variety of land, naval and air platforms, the Nirbhay is planned as a supplement to the larger Indian/Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.

With a planned launch weight of around 1,000kg (2,200lb), the Nirbhay will use a terrain-following navigation system to reach its target at distances up to 1,000km (540nm). The weapon will carry multiple warheads, according to the DRDO.

Source: Flight International