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Prahaar (missile)

Prahaar
Prahaar missile launched from a Road Mobile System
Type Tactical ballistic missile
Place of origin  India
Service history
Used by Indian Army
Indian Air Force
Production history
Manufacturer Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL)
Specifications
Weight 1280 kg[1]
Length 7.3 meters[1]
Diameter 0.42 meter[1]
Warhead Conventional or nuclear, 200 kg[1]

Propellant Solid
Operational
range
150 km[1]
Flight altitude 35 km [1]
Speed Mach 2.03 (2160 km/h) (average speed)
Guidance
system
Inertial navigation, radar imaging for terminal homing
Launch
platform
8 x 8 Tatra Transporter Erector launcher

Prahaar (Sanskrit:प्रहार, Strike) is a solid-fuelled surface-to-surface guided short-range tactical ballistic missile by DRDO of India. It will be equipped with omni-directional warheads and could be used for striking both tactical and strategic targets.[2]

Development and history

Prahaar is developed to provide a cost effective, quick reaction, all-weather, all-terrain, highly accurate battlefield support tactical system. The development of the missile was carried out by the DRDO scientists in a span of less than two years.[3] The missile fills the short-range tactical battlefield missile role as required by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, to take out strategic and tactical targets. The mobile launch platform will carry six missiles, which can have different kind of warheads meant for different targets and can be fired in salvo mode in all directions covering the entire azimuth plane.[1]

This solid-fuelled missile can be launched within 2–3 minutes[4] without any preparation, providing significantly better reaction time than liquid-fuelled Prithvi ballistic missiles and act as a gap filler in the 150 km range, between the Pinaka Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher and Smerch MBRL in one end and the Prithvi ballistic missiles on the other.[1][5][6]

Prahar was test-fired successfully on 21 July 2011 from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.[7][8][9] During the test Prahar travelled a distance of 150 km in about 250 seconds[1][10] meeting all launch objectives and striking pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal with a high degree of accuracy of less than 10 meters.[3]

The Export Variant of the System is Pragati surface to surface missile. It was unveiled for the first time by DRDO at ADEX 2013 in Seoul, South Korea.[11]The Export version of Prahaar known as "Pragati" is readied for export by DRDO in November 2014.[12]

See also

Comparable missile

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Press Trust Of India (21 July 2011). "India successfully test-fires Prahaar missile". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Y. Mallikarjun (3 July 2011). "News / National : India all set to test new short-range tactical missile". The Hindu. India. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b PIB DRDO Launches `PRAHAAR’ – Surface to Surface Tactical Missile
  4. ^ 9:47 am (3 July 2011). "New short-range missile test July-end". The Asian Age. India. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ India all set to test new short-range tactical missile
  6. ^ "Prahaar Missile to be test-fired on Sunday – southindia – Orissa – ibnlive". Ibnlive.in.com. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  7. ^ India test fires short range ballistic missile
  8. ^ Prahaar missile test-fired successfully
  9. ^ India Successfully tests short range ballistic missile
  10. ^ DRDO press release on Livefist
  11. ^ "'"India develops new surface-to-surface missile 'Pragati. India Today. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  12. ^ "Tactical Missile Pragati Readied for Export". Indian Express. 5 Nov 2014. 

External links

  • First test launch video of the missile
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