According to a report in “The Hindustan Times ” Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has finalized the design for a 1,500-kilometer range conventionally armed ballistic missile with an anti-ship variant. Unnamed Missile waits for clearance from the PMO to carry out the first developmental trials of the missiles.

This new weapon will deter any ship-based threats in the Indian Ocean, Bay of Bengal, and the Arabian Sea. It will also counter any land-based threat from across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Yunnan provinces as a Land-based variant also has reportedly been developed.

This missile development will also confirm that Indian ISR collection assets are already in place and can detect, identify, track, and target ships at sea with sufficient accuracy so that its ASBMs can locate and hit their targets.

Indian Ocean Region (IOR) has the busiest maritime traffic in the world and an aircraft carrier flotilla that are in constant motion In 10 minutes, it can traverse 10 km (at about 30 knots) so the missile will require a maneuvering warhead that can adjust its course in-flight to reduce the need for absolute ISR accuracy.

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