24 Dec 2021 PRALAY
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PRALAY- Today Current Affairs
- Recently ‘Defence Research and Development Organization’ (DRDO) has successfully conducted the first flight test of a new indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’.
- Testing of missile ‘Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Island (Odisha) off the coast.
About the PRALAY
- Pralay is India’s first conventional semi-ballistic missile and is capable of responding to any conventional missile attack from northern or western borders.
- A semi-ballistic missile has a shorter trajectory and although it is largely similar to a ballistic missile, it is capable of ‘maneuver’ during flight.
- The missile has been developed in such a way that it is capable of defeating interceptor missiles and also has the ability to change its course after covering a certain range in the air.
- It is powered by a solid propellant rocket motor and several new technologies.
- The missile guidance system consists of state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics.
Background: The Hindu Analysis
- It is derived from the ‘Prahar’ missile program, which was first tested in the year 2011.
- ‘Prahar’ is a surface-to-surface missile with a range of 150 km.
- Its primary objective is to bridge the existing gap between the unguided Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher and the guided Prithvi missile variant.
- The missile has a range of 150-500 km and can be launched from a mobile launcher.
- ‘Pralay’ will be the longest-range surface-to-surface missile in the Army’s inventory.
- The army also has in its arsenal the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which has a range of more than 290 km.
Importance: The Hindu Analysis
- It will completely change the dynamics of the strategic battlefield and India will have two long range conventional missiles.
- BrahMos will be a cruise missile option, while ‘Pralaya’ will be a ballistic missile option.