India Successfully Tests Pralay Tactical Ballistic Missile
On November 7, India conducted a successful test of the Pralay tactical ballistic missile off the coast of Odisha. The test marked a significant milestone as the missile covered its entire range of approximately 500 kilometers, demonstrating its operational capabilities effectively. Defense officials have reported that the test was highly successful and met all predetermined parameters.
Pralay Missile: Key Details
- The Pralay missile, short for “Pralaya: Apocalypse,” is a canisterized tactical, surface-to-surface, short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) designed for battlefield use.
- It has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
- This missile incorporates technologies derived from India’s Ballistic Missile Defence Programme, specifically the exoatmospheric interceptor missile Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV), and the Prahaar tactical missile.
- The project to develop Pralay was sanctioned in March 2015, with a budget of ₹332.88 crore.
- It is a versatile ballistic missile designed for conventional roles and is slated for induction into the defense forces in substantial numbers.
- The missile is expected to enhance India’s military capabilities significantly.
The Defense and Research Development Organisation has stated that the Pralay missile will soon be ready for induction into the armed forces. India has previously conducted successful tests of this missile, and its induction has received support from late Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat during his tenure as Chief of Army Staff.
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