SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) received orders for over 120 units of the ‘Pralay’ quasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile last year, with an additional 250 units this year. The DRDO is now developing an extended-range variant of the missile capable of striking targets up to 700-800 km away, with a payload of approximately 1 tonne.
The Pralay missile is designed to be a rapid-response system, intended for deep strikes inside enemy territory. It is a solid-fueled missile with a range of around 400-500 km and is known to have the ability to change its path mid-air after covering a certain distance. The missile’s quasi-ballistic flight profile and the ability to defeat interceptor missiles make it challenging to track.
The Indian Air Force was the first to induct the 5-tonne missile, and now the Indian Army is set to follow suit, boosting India’s offensive capabilities to take out long-range enemy air defence systems, high-value installations and weaponry.
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