The fourth test of "Nirbhay" land-attack cruise missile (LACMs), designed to carry nuclear or conventional warheads failed, Times of India reported on Wednesday.

"The test was an utter failure, with the missile veering to the right within two minutes of take-off," the newspaper quoted a source as saying.

According to the report, the missile's first test in March 2013 had completely failed. The second one was dubbed "a partial success" in October 2014 but the third test in October 2015 also failed miserably, it added.

The missile had to be destroyed in mid-air after it deviated from its flight-path along the coast in Bay of Bengal soon after launch from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore off the Odisha coast around noon on Wednesday.

"The Nirbhay, a stealth missile in the making for almost a decade now, was meant to fulfill the armed forces' demand for nuclear-tipped land-attack cruise missiles versatile enough to be fired from land, air and sea. The missile was said to be a counter to Pakistan's Babur LACM."

India’s armed forces already have the supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles, developed with the help of Russia, but they have a range of only 290 kilometres with the ability to carry conventional warheads.