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India Successfully Test Fired Pralay Missile

Today India successfully testfired the Pralay surface to surface ballistic missile which can strike targets from 150 to 500 km. 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 modern Surface-to-Surface missiles.

The missile is powered by a solid-propellant rocket motor & many new technologies can be launched from a mobile launcher. The missile guidance system includes state of an art navigation system and integrated avionics.

The mission meets all objectives as the new missile follows desired quasi ballistic trajectory & reaches the target with high degree accuracy, validating the control, guidance & mission algorithms.

The missile, launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island around 10.30 am, met all the mission objectives, the sources said. A battery of tracking instruments monitored its trajectory along the coastline, they said.

Pralay is a canisterised solid-fuel surface-to-surface guided Short-range ballistic missile for battlefield use. The project to develop Pralay was sanctioned in March 2015 with a budget of ₹332.88 crores (equivalent to ₹427 crores or US$57 million in 2020). The missile has a payload capacity of 500-1,000 kg.

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

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