The maiden flight test of ‘Prahaar’, a quick-reaction, short range tactical missile with a range of 150 km, was successfully conducted on Thursday morning from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chanidpur, Orissa.
The test was carried out at 8.15 a.m. from Launch Complex-III at ITR by missile scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), which designed and developed the weapon system to replace unguided rockets of short range and meet the services requirement for such a battlefield weapon system.
DRDO sources told The HIndu soon after the launch that the mission was a success and met all the objectives. The single-stage, solid-fuelled missile zeroed in onto the pre-designated target in the Bay of Bengal with a high degree of accuracy. All the radars, electro-optical systems and telemetry stations, besides a ship located in the vicinity recorded the entire event.
The new system will be initially made operational in the Army. It will replace the unguided Pinaka multi-barrel rocket launcher (40 km range) and Smerch (90 km) rocket systems.
Scientific Advisor Defence Minister, V.K. Saraswat, who witnessed the launch, said that the 7.8 metre long missile weighing 1.2 tonnes had high manoeuvrability and acceleration and could be quickly deployed in any terrain by a road mobile launcher. Each launcher will carry six missiles.
Designed to carry omni-directional warheads, Prahaar could be used for hitting both strategic and tactical warheads. Hindu