On 20 September 2018 India successfully test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-surface, short-range tactical ballistic missile 'Prahaar' from the Odisha coast.
The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was test-launched from launch pad-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, near Balasore. It is capable of filling the gap between the multi-barrel rocket system 'Pinaka' and medium-range ballistic missile 'Prithvi'.
Missile Test: Key Highlights
• The test launch was successful, as the missile travelled a range of 200 km before zeroing in on the target, achieving all mission objectives.
• The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, guidance and electromechanical actuation systems with an advanced onboard computer.
• It is fitted with an inertial navigation system and is capable of engaging multiple targets in different directions.
• Further, the missile is a quick-reaction, all-weather, all-terrain and highly accurate battlefield support tactical weapon system.
• The DRDO used various tracking radars as well as electro-optic equipment to track and monitor the trajectory of the missile.
• As a safety measure, 4,494 people residing in five villages adjacent to the missile launch site were temporarily shifted by the district administration before the launch to nearby two shelters with compensation.
• The people returned to their houses after getting clearance from ITR authorities soon after the test was over.
It is an Indian solid-fuel road-mobile tactical ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
The all-weather missile, which has a length of 7.3m, a diameter of 420 mm and weighs 1,280 kg, can carry a payload of 200 kg. It is capable of striking targets as far as 150km.
It is essentially a quick reaction battlefield tactical missile with advance maneuvering capability.
It has been developed to provide a cost-effective, quick reaction, all-weather, all-terrain, highly accurate battlefield support tactical weapon system to the Indian Army.
It can be launched from a road-mobile launch platform, which can carry six missiles at a time. It can be fired in all directions from the launcher. It could be used for striking both tactical and strategic targets.
The Prahaar missile was test-fired successfully for the very first time in July 2011 from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.
During the test, the missile had traveled a distance of 150 km in about 250 seconds, meeting all launch objectives and struck a pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal with a high degree of accuracy of less than 10 m (33 ft).