New Delhi: With the successful test of the country’s latest surface to air missile ‘PRAHAAR’ by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Launch Complex III, off Chandipur Coast, ITR, Balasore in Orissa, India’s defence systems became more efficient on Thursday.
The Missile with a range of 150 km, is comparable to ATACMS Missile of United States of America and fills the vital gap between Multi Barrel Rockets and Medium Range Ballistic Missiles.
The Missile is capable of carrying different types of warheads, operates as battle field support system to the Indian Army.
The Missile with a length of 7.3 meters and diameter of 420 mm and weighing 1280 kg, and a single stage solid propulsion system went to a height of 35 km before reaching the targets of the range of 150 km in about 250 seconds.
Equipped with state of the art high accuracy navigation, guidance and electro mechanical actuation systems with latest onboard computer, it achieved terminal accuracy of less than 10 meters.
The Missile with a pay load of 200 kg has a fast reaction time, which is essential for the battle field tactical missile.
The Missile was launched from a Road Mobile System, which can carry six missiles at a time and can be fired in salvo mode in all directions covering the entire azimuth plane.
The Missile system is developed to provide Indian Army a cost effective, quick reaction, all weather, all terrain, high accurate battle field support tactical system. The development of Missile was carried out by the DRDO Scientists in a short span of less than two years.
The flight path of the Missile was tracked and monitored by the various Radar systems and Electro Optical systems located along the coast of Orissa. An Indian Naval ship located near target point in Bay of Bengal witnessed the final event.
The launch operations were witnessed by Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister VK Saraswat, and Secretary Defence Research and Development Lt Gen Vinod Nayanar, Director General of Artillery, IHQ of MoD (Army).
A team of scientists headed by DRDO Chief Controller (Research and Development) Avinash Chander coordinated the entire launching operations.
Defence Minister AK Antony congratulated the Scientists of DRDO for the successful maiden launch of the new missile. (INN)