India tested a new short-range ballistic missile called Pralay, with a strike range of 150 to 500 km, from the Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
The maiden test of the surface-to-surface missile, which can carry a payload of 1,000kg and is powered with a solid propellant rocket motor, met all objectives. “The new missile followed the desired quasi-ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree of accuracy...,” a DRDO official said. “All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily. All the sensors deployed near the impact point across the eastern coast, including the down range ships, tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events.”
The guidance system of the missile, which can be launched from a mobile launcher, includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics. Defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the fast track development and successful maiden launch of the modern Pralay missile.
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