The DRDO has successfully carried out the maiden test of ‘Pralay’, a new surface-to-surface conventional quasi-ballistic missile.
The missile was launched from APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha.
The missile has a range of 150-500 km and has a low trajectory. It is based on Prithvi Defence Vehicle from the Indian ballistic missile programme.
The missile is capable of being launched from a mobile launcher and has latest navigation system and integrated avionics to improve its functioning.
The missile is powered with solid propellant rocket motor.
The advanced missile has the capability to defeat interceptor missiles launched towards it path of flight.
It has the ability to change its path after covering certain range mid-air and is difficult to be tracked by enemy radars
Prithvi Defence Vehicle
It is an interceptor vehicle that has the capability to engage targets in exo-atmosphere region at an altitude above 50 km of the earth’s atmosphere.
It is fitted with Imaging Infrared (IIR) seeker to distinguish between incoming warheads and decoys.
It works on two stages of which the first stage is a Solid fuelled motor while the second stage is Liquid fuelled.
A ballistic missile follows a curved trajectory to deliver one or more warheads on a predetermined target.
These missiles are controlled only during initial flight unlike cruise missiles which are guided during their complete flight.
Ballistic missiles have the capacity to carry conventional high explosives as well as chemical, biological, or nuclear munitions.