April 1, 2023

India tests its new surface-to-surface short-range missile | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India on Wednesday tested a new short-range ballistic missile called Pralay, with a strike range of 150 to 500 km, from the Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
The maiden test of the surface-to-surface missile, which can carry a payload of 1,000 kg and is powered with a solid propellant rocket motor, met all objectives. “The new missile followed the desired quasi-ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree of accuracy, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms,” a DRDO official said. “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,” he added.
The guidance system of the missile, which can be launched from a mobile launcher, includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics. Pralay is meant to be a short-range tactical missile with a huge payload to hit enemy targets.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated for the fast track development and successful maiden launch of the modern Pralay missile. DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy, in turn, said Pralay was a new-generation surface-to-surface missile equipped with modern technologies and induction of this weapon system will give the necessary impetus to the armed forces.

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