DRDO conducts maiden launch of surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’
- Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted maiden flight test of indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’, from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
- The mission met all its objectives.
- The new missile followed the desired quasi ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree accuracy, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms.
- All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily.
- It is a canisterised surface-to-surface tactical short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) for battlefield use.
- The missile is the amalgamation of technologies developed for exoatmospheric interceptor missile Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) from Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme and Prahaar tactical missile.
- The project to develop Pralay was sanctioned in March 2015 with a budget of ₹332.88 crore (equivalent to ₹427 crore or US$57 million in 2020).
- The Missile is powered with solid propellant rocket motor and many new technologies.
- The missile has a range of 150-500 kilometre and can be launched from a mobile launcher.
- The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics."