SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has started work on Long-Range Precision Munition that will give India’s Prachand Combat Helicopter stand-off range that can neutralize targets in a range up to 20-25 km or more. Since the program is at the initial stages, it will be equipped with other Air-launched ATGMs.
DRDO-developed Stand-off Anti-tank (SANT) Missile has claimed a range of 10-12km and Helina / Dhruvastra ATGM has claimed a range of 5-8km which have already completed their developmental trials and have been cleared for induction and will be armed on Prachand and ALH-WSI Rudra soon. idrw.org has been told that State-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited will commence trials of SANT and Helina / Dhruvastra ATGM Missiles from 2023 onwards on Prachand.
Long-Range Precision Munition under development with nearly three times more range than existing missiles will enable Prachand to stay hidden and also reduce risk to the launch platform which will come as a big boost for the survivability of the crew and their machine.
DRDO developed the Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORADS) to be used as Man Portable Air Defence System (MANPAD) will also be developed to be used as an Air To Air Missile on Prachand for neutralizing low altitude aerial threats at short ranges.
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