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‘Pralay’ missile  

23rd December, 2021 Security and Defence


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Context: The first successful test flight of short-range surface-to-surface Pralay ballistic missile was conducted on from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.



  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) started working on the project to develop a short-range solid-fuel surface-to-surface missile, sometime around 2015.


About Pralay ballistic missile:

  • The missile can hit the target at a range of 150 to 500 kilometres with an accuracy of less than 10 metres.
  • It can be launched from a mobile launcher, has a guidance system that includes state-of-the-art navigation mechanisms and integrated avionics.
  • It is a new-generation surface-to-surface missile equipped with modern technologies and the induction of the weapon system will provide the necessary impetus to the armed forces.
  • This canisterised surface-to-surface tactical short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) for battlefield use is the amalgamation of technologies developed for exoatmospheric interceptor missile Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) from Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme and Prahaar tactical missile.