Nirbhay (which means fearless) can carry atomic warheads and can hit the enemy target at a distance of 750 kilometres to 1000 kilometres.
Unlike other ballistic missiles like the Agni, Nirbhay has a wing and pronounced tail fins. It launches like a missile and in early flight the small wings get deployed. It then flies like an aircraft and can even hover near the target, striking at will from any direction.
On its first flight on March 12, last year, Nirbhay had to be terminated, as it deviated from its course about 20 minutes after launch.
The six metre long cruiz missile is designed to strengthen the country’s air defence.