Source: The post is based on the article “India to acquire another 250 Pralay missiles; will neutralize advantage of China, Pakistan” published in TOI on 17th April 2023
What is the News?
The Indian armed forces are prepared to place orders for two more Pralay ballistic missiles, at a cost of more than Rs 7,500 crore.
What are Pralay Missiles?
Pralay’ is a quasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile.
Purpose: The missile has been developed to defeat interceptor missiles as it has the ability to change its path midair.
– The missile is designed to destroy enemy radar, communication installations, command centres and airfields.
Developed by: Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
The Indian Air Force would be the first to receive the missile, and then the Indian Army.
Features: The missile can hit targets 150-500 kms away.
– The missile guidance system has integrated avionics and cutting-edge navigation.
– The missile is powered by a solid propellant rocket motor. The composite propellant is highly efficient and generates more energy compared to the propellant used in Agni missile series.
– Additionally, like most tactical ballistic missiles it is mobile which means it can be used quickly on the battlefield.
Significance: Pralay will be India’s first tactical quasi-ballistic missile and will give the armed forces the capability to hit enemy positions and key installations in actual battlefield areas.