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India successfully test fires ‘Pralay’ quasi ballistic missile, can strike upto 500 kms

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India successfully test fires ‘Pralay’ quasi ballistic missile, can strike upto 500 kms
Pralay Short Range Quasi Ballistic Missile successfully test-fired by DRDO today (Image Source : Twitter)

India on Wednesday successfully testfired the ‘Pralay’ surface-to-surface ballistic missile, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials said. The indigenously developed missile can strike targets at a range from 150 to 500 kms. The surface-to-surface missile has a payload capacity of 500-1,000 kg and can be launched from a mobile launcher.

‘Pralay’ is a quasi ballistic surface-to-surface missile. The advanced missile has been developed in a way to able to defeat interceptor missiles. It has the ability to change its path after covering a certain range midair, sources said. “The new missile followed the desired quasi ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree accuracy, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms. All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily. All the sensors deployed near the impact point across the eastern coast, including the down range ships, tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events,” the defence ministry stated.

The ballistic missile developed by DRDO is a solid-fuel, battlefield missile that is based on Prithvi Defence Vehicle from the Indian ballistic missile programme.

The Pralay missile was launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island around 10.30 am.

A battery of tracking instruments monitored its trajectory along the coast line, PTI quoted sources as saying.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and associated teams for this maiden development flight trial. He complimented DRDO for the fast track development and successful launch of the modern surface-to-surface missile.

Secretary DD R&D and chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy appreciated the team and said that this missile is a new generation surface-to-surface missile equipped with modern technologies and induction of this weapon system will give necessary impetus to the armed Forces, the DRDO officials said.

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