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SOURCE: SATYAJEET KUMAR/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

India has carried out first official trial of the Pralay Tactical Quasi ballistic missile that will play a crucial role in the upcoming Rocket force, the fourth arm of the Indian Armed forces that will be raised soon. Pralay (havoc, destruction) as its name is exactly what its role will be to strike fast and strike valuable targets inside the enemy camp while also having the ability to evade the air defense system due to its non-parabolic trajectories.

Pralay with help of its jet vane control system (JVC) and its tandem fins can fly depressed trajectories and can change its flight in the terminal phase. a ballistic missile that flies like a sub-sonic cruise missile inside the atmosphere but at near hypersonic speeds will make it near to impossible for it to be intercepted by any modern dedicated anti-ballistic missile defense system and impossible to be intercepted by an air defense system.

Pralay carries a Preformed Fragment (PF) warhead of either 175kgs or 385kgs that will be used for targeting C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance ) installations, radars and comms infrastructure. Pralay has a range of 350km with a 1-ton payload and 500km with a 500 kg payload.

India is also working on a Pralay variant that will be equipped with a W band MMW seeker that has a lock on before and locks on after launch with 3km detection range against ground targets like ground-based radars. Pralay will be the workhorse of the upcoming Integrated Rocket Force due to cheaper production costs and also since the missile is entirely made up of systems and components of other missiles that are already in production.

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