'Pralay', India's first conventional ballistic missile, test-fired again

By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Dec 23, 2021 10:36 AM IST

This is the first time in history that two consecutive tests of conventional ballistic missile like ‘Pralay’ were conducted successfully. Now, India has a response to a conventional missile attack as it has no first-use nuclear policy.

India conducted the second trial of 'Pralay' conventional ballistic missile off the APJ Abdul Kalam island in Odisha on Thursday morning. The developmental trial of the missile was successful with the platform reaching a range of 500 kilometres.

The ‘Pralay’ missile was test-fired from APJ Abdul Kalam island in Odisha on Thursday morning.(ANI Photo)
The ‘Pralay’ missile was test-fired from APJ Abdul Kalam island in Odisha on Thursday morning.(ANI Photo)

'Pralay' is India's first conventional ballistic missile and is an answer to any conventional missile attack from northern or western borders. The missile development is significant as India had no conventionally armed ballistic missile and was hampered by 'No First Use' nuclear policy. It is also the first time in history that two tests of conventional ballistic missiles were done successfully on consecutive days.

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Wednesday's missile range was 400 kilometres. The missile is an offensive weapon to destroy targets across land and sea and is Indian answer to any carrier task force of the adversary in future.

The solid-fuel, battlefield missile developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) is based on Prithvi Defence Vehicle from the Indian ballistic missile programme.

‘Pralay’ is powered with a solid propellant rocket motor and other new technologies. The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation and integrated avionics, according to the DRDO.

The advanced missile has been developed in a way to be able to defeat interceptor missiles. It has the ability to change its path after covering a certain range mid-air.

After the missile test on Wednesday, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and associated teams for this maiden development.

He also complimented DRDO for the fast track development and successful launch of the modern surface-to-surface missile.

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    Author of Indian Mujahideen: The Enemy Within (2011, Hachette) and Himalayan Face-off: Chinese Assertion and Indian Riposte (2014, Hachette). Awarded K Subrahmanyam Prize for Strategic Studies in 2015 by Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) and the 2011 Ben Gurion Prize by Israel.

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