India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) wing has successfully test fired the short-ranged surface-to-surface tactical ballistic missile named Prahaar, from Orissa amid adverse weather conditions on Thursday.

Amid heavy rainfall, India’s defence development wing DRDO mounted an indigenously built short-range ballistic missile Prahaar on a mobile launcher at the launching complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off the Odisha coast on Thursday. And the missile blasted off from the canister with an upwards trajectory and then manoeuvred over defined coordinates to travel the desired range before zeroing on the targeted location. With all functions working normally, Prahaar successfully completed the first test-fire session on Thursday.

The state-of-art missile was loaded with navigation, electromechanical actuation and guidance systems that were embedded in a high-tech computer aboard the missile – which allowed it to attain an accuracy of less than 10 metres during the test-fire. With a strike-range of 150 km, Prahaar has no equivalent in its range category all over the world and will fill in the gap between multi-barrel rocket Pinaka and medium-range ballistic missile Prithvi for a wide-spectrum of missile range availability – henceforth making Indian defence artillery varied and efficient.

The Prahaar missile is also capable of carrying different types of warhead payloads of up to 200 kg, has greater manoeuvring capability, acceleration and can be deployed in different kinds of terrain; and is also equipped with sophisticated inertial navigation and electro-mechanical actuation system to track it from anywhere. All these unique features of Prahaar will provide the Indian armed forces a cost-effective, quick reaction, all weather, all terrain, high accurate battlefield support. The Prahaar missile will be inducted into the Army after few more tests-fires.

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