SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
Pralay, a surface-to-surface conventional quasi-ballistic missile with a range of up to 500 km will start replacing aging India’s first indigenously developed, nuclear-capable Prithvi surface-to-surface missile by end of 2024 onwards in limited numbers. Pralay is India’s first tactical battlefield quasi-ballistic missile that has a low trajectory with a range of 150-500 kilometers.
Pralay was developed as per requirements of the Indian Army will shed its nuclear strike capability role that the Prithvi missile family carried in the late 80’s to the advent of better and longer ranged Agni-series of ballistic missile that has taken up this role now.
Prithvi has a range of 150-750km and is capable of carrying 250-1,000 kilograms of warheads that are powered by liquid propulsion twin engines. Production of the missile ended a few years back and the Pralay missile system will start replacing older batches of the missile units from the end of 2024 onwards.
Both Indian Army and Indian Air Force operate units of Prithvi missiles that will be phased out completely in the next 5 years.
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