Pralay ballistic missiles to be deployed along China border soon

NEW DELHI: The defence ministry has cleared a proposal to procure around 120 Pralay ballistic missiles, which will be deployed along the borders with China and Pakistan, according to an ANI report citing defence sources.
The acquisition of these ballistic missiles is being seen as a big development for the country which now has a policy that allows the use of ballistic missiles in tactical roles. Both China and Pakistan have ballistic missiles which can be used for tactical roles.
Pralay fills the gap of a conventionally armed ballistic missile that is not hampered by the ‘No First Use’ nuclear policy.
The missile will be first inducted into the Indian Air Force followed by the Indian Army.
All you need to know about the missile:

  1. ‘Pralay’ is a quasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile that can hit targets 150-500 kms away. Sources said the missile’s range can be extended significantly if the need arises.
  2. The missile can carry 350-700 kg high grade explosive, Penetration-Cum-Blast explosive, and Runway Denial Penetration Submunition.
  3. It is designed to target radar and communication installations, command and control centers and advance airfields using conventional warhead.
  4. The system is road mobile
  5. The advanced missile has been developed to defeat interceptor missiles as it has the ability to change its path midair.
  6. Defence Research and Development Organisation began development of the missile in 2015.
  7. The missile was successfully tested twice on consecutive days last year on December 21 and December 22.
  8. It is powered by a solid propellant rocket motor. The composite propellant is highly efficient and generates more energy compared to the propellant used in Agni missile series.
  9. The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation and integrated avionics.
  10. Similar foreign missiles of the same class include China’s Dongfeng 12 (CSS-X-15), Russia’s 9K720 Iskander and South Korea’s Hyunmoo 2 missile.

Defence watchers say such a missile system can be used for taking out long-range enemy air defence systems and also other high-value installations and weaponry.
The proposal to induct these missiles has been cleared at a time when the defence forces are working towards creating a dedicated rocket force which can take out enemy targets from long range. The Chinese military already has a dedicated rocket force.
(With inputs from agencies)

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