DRDO, India successfully tests Indigenous Technology Subsonic Cruise Missile

Cruise missile. Photo courtesy: Screengrab from video of missile test firing posted by DRDO on X


New Delhi/IBNS-CMEDIA: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted a successful flight test of the Indigenous Technology Cruise Missile (ITCM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha, on Thursday.

In a press release issued by the Defence Ministry, it said all subsystems performed as per expectations during the test.

According to the release, to ensure complete coverage of the flight path, the missile performance was monitored by several Range Sensors like Radar, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Telemetry deployed by ITR at different locations.

The missile followed the desired path using waypoint navigation and demonstrated very low-altitude sea-skimming flight.

The flight of the missile was monitored by the Indian Air Force from the Su-30-Mk-I aircraft.

With this successful flight test, the reliable performance of the indigenous propulsion system developed by the Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bengaluru, has been established, the release mentioned.

The missile is also equipped with advanced avionics and software to ensure better and more reliable performance.

The missile is developed by Bengaluru-based DRDO laboratory Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), along with contributions from other laboratories and Indian industries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO for the successful flight test of the ITCM and stated that the successful development of indigenous long-range subsonic cruise missiles powered by indigenous propulsion is a major milestone for Indian defence R&D.