SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
In the face of ongoing military tensions with China, India is steadily progressing towards the establishment of an Integrated Rocket Force (IRF), a strategic move to bolster its defence capabilities. At the forefront of this development is the introduction of “Pralay,” a quasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile boasting a formidable range of 500 kilometres. While Pralay takes the lead as the first tactical missile to be inducted into the IRF, it is only the beginning of a broader missile system overhaul.
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is actively engaged in the development of an advanced missile, designed to avoid interceptor missiles effectively. This new tactical missile is set to revolutionize India’s defence capabilities with its unique features. One of the standout attributes is its ability to alter its trajectory midair after covering a specified range, enhancing its evasive capabilities.
Furthermore, the innovation extends to the logistical aspect, as the new non-nuclear tactical missile is designed to be transported in strategic airlifters such as the Il-76 and C-17, allowing swift deployment to the frontline. This versatility is a strategic advantage, ensuring rapid response and adaptability in dynamic military scenarios.
The proposed non-nuclear tactical missile is projected to have an impressive range of 1500 kilometres. With a warhead ranging from 500 to 1000 kilograms, it emerges as a potent tool capable of targeting deep military infrastructure, particularly in the challenging terrain of the Tibetan Plateaus.
The ongoing development of the Integrated Rocket Force signals India’s proactive approach to modernizing its defence apparatus, aligning with the evolving dynamics of regional security. As geopolitical tensions persist, such advancements become critical in ensuring the nation’s preparedness and maintaining a robust deterrent. The introduction of these cutting-edge missiles not only strengthens India’s strategic posture but also sends a clear message about its commitment to safeguarding its sovereignty and national security in the face of emerging threats.
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