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Updated: July 22, 2011 02:51 IST

'Prahaar' missile successfully test-fired

    T.S. Subramanian
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“Prahaar,” the new surface-to-surface missile with a range of 150 km, was test-fired for the first time from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa on Thursday. Photo: DRDO
“Prahaar,” the new surface-to-surface missile with a range of 150 km, was test-fired for the first time from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa on Thursday. Photo: DRDO

"Has high manoeuvrability and excellent impact accuracy"

A new surface-to-surface missile called “Prahaar” was successfully test-fired on Thursday for the first time from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa.

The launch took place at 8.20 a.m. from a road mobile launcher, which is essentially a big truck. The missile traversed its entire range of 150 km in 250 seconds before impacting on the targeted area in the Bay of Bengal with an accuracy of few metres.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Prahaar (meaning “to strike”) in two years, to specifically bridge the gap in the range between the unguided Pinaka rocket, which has a range of 45 km, and the guided Prithvi missile variants, that can take out targets 250 km to 350 km away.

Prahaar carries a 200-kg conventional warhead.

Scientific Adviser to the Defence Minister V.K. Saraswat, who watched the launch operations from the Launch Control Centre at the ITR, called it a good launch.

“Prahaar is a unique missile,” he told The Hindu from Chandipur, “because it has high manoeuvrability, very high acceleration and excellent impact accuracy. It will bridge the gap between the multi-barrel rocket system, Pinaka and the Prithvi missiles. Basically, it will be a battlefield support system for the Army.”

A few Prahaar missiles could do the job of many Pinaka rockets, in devastating wide areas, Dr. Saraswat said. It is an all-weather missile that can be launched from canisters. Since it can be fired from a road mobile launcher, it can be quickly transported to different places. It can be deployed in various kinds of terrain such as snow-bound areas or jungles. With its range of 150 km, it is comparable to the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) of the United States, he added.

Prahaar can carry different types of conventional warheads. Six Prahaar missiles can be launched in salvo mode in different directions. The missile has a quick reaction time, that is, it can be launched within a few minutes. It has sophisticated inertial navigation, guidance and electro-mechanical actuation systems. Its onboard computer helps it to home in on the targets with an accuracy of 10 metres.

“We will be proving the missile for different ranges from short to medium ranges,” said Dr. Saraswat, who is also DRDO Director-General and Secretary, Defence R and D. “Today, we covered 150 km. After a couple of more flights, we will be ready for production.”

Prahaar is a single stage missile, propelled by solid fuel. It is 7.3 metres tall, has a diameter of 42 cm and weighs 1.3 tonnes. The missile reaches a height of 35 km before reaching the targets 150 km away.

According to DRDO sources, India's interceptor missile was converted into Prahaar. “That is why it has a range of 150 km,” they said.

The launch was witnessed by Avinash Chander, Chief Controller (Missiles and Strategic Systems), DRDO; V.L.N. Rao, Programme Director, Air Defence, DRDO; S.P. Dash, Director, ITR; and Lt. Gen. Vinod Nayanar, Director-General of Artillery.

Why not India can use the system of Brohmos missile. It has the great accuracy and its impect is also a great varient then why should we are going for this. Test the best of it and use to in teritorry to defend our country.

from:  Mukeshchand
Posted on: Jul 30, 2011 at 13:09 IST

Great work DRDO, Keep the momentum going and reduce the time gap between testing and induction.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2011 at 12:54 IST

Good to know that India is not just self dependent in terms of ballistic missiles, but we can be compared on the same platform like the U.S and Russia in terms of technology. What's lacking is the ICBM part. We have to work on it and develop a 10,000 km ICBM. The way we go from 5000 km to 6000 km and then 8000 is time consuming and laborious. It's unnecessary. After the test of Agni-V we can straight away go for A-X The Agni-10 can later after few successful test can be called the Surya. From 1990's the American propaganda machinery has tried to showcase India as a bad nation developing an ICBM called Surya using PSLV, even we never had such a program. When the country unshackes itself to be the global gaint, it will be an apt name to called it Surya even though given by NP Ayatollahs. It got such good meaning. A true ICBM for deterrence against nations that are nuclear powered. A 10,000 km ranged Surya should be deployed by 2020 when India becomes a Superpower.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jul 23, 2011 at 07:18 IST

Congratulations DRDO. Finally we are hearing new names other than original '5'. Please make nation strong and independent.

from:  Vedula Sitaram
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 21:17 IST

Should not waste our money in this weapons. can be best utilized for poor. Indian leaders should learn to get peace with Pakistan.

from:  Mohamad Jalil
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 19:09 IST

While Prahar is basically filling in a distance gap - India should strive to make sure that all short ranged missiles are hypersonic speed. I am sure more can be done on missiles under 300km to be so fast that enemies would not be able to react on time.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 18:12 IST

Hearty congratulations to the entire DRDO have always shown your mettle in missile development programmes and just now you have proved it again..great job done but future demands all the best..

from:  Piyush
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 16:01 IST

Congratulation to DRDO team, its really a huge success. proud to be indian.

from:  Ashish sharma
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 15:44 IST

A good beginning by India in making Prahaar. Indian missile program has >now reached a maturity by which we are able to choose and manufacture missile of different ranges, needs and requirements tailored for different tactical and strategic operations.

from:  Manoj Ambat
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 15:02 IST

Good show by DRDO. Now they have to see that all variants of PRITHVI are converted into solid propellant versions. It will help in battlefield survivability , transportability, storage and quick firing.

from:  Awadhesh Kumar
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 13:56 IST

Congrats !!! DRDO , its good to know that we have our own indigenuos missile , which could attack surface to surface @speed 150km in 259 seconds.

from:  Sanjay Soni
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 12:28 IST

congrats DRDO.

from:  amar
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 10:58 IST

I want to see,India is a great Superpower of the world by DRDO.

from:  Satyajit parhi
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 10:55 IST

Congratulation DRDO for giveing us such kind of missile.But keep it in mind we need a multibarrel rocket launcher system which can targed more than 100km range like Russian rocket launcher 90km range. If we can make such kind of prahar missile with cost effectively than only it will be a successful missile test.

from:  Sumit Das
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 10:54 IST

Great news sir, hope we will induct the anti ballistic system soon.

from:  Dr. Madhava reddy
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 10:01 IST

Every Indian should be proud of your success as I do. Our DRDO should immediately start production faster. We should also start speedup other defence projects with help of US, Russia, Japan, France, Germany and Israel and U.K to boost our image to the world apart from I.T. Lot of incentives to be given to these scientist. Our heart felt congratulations to the entire team in DRDO.

from:  P v S Narayan
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 08:45 IST

Well done DRDO. Keep up the good work.

from:  Ravi Subramaniam CHENNAI
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 03:13 IST

Congratulations for the successful launch.

from:  GS Ram
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011 at 01:17 IST

Great Work Brothers, Keep it up and speed it up, its a honour to be an INDIAN....................

from:  Yagnesh
Posted on: Jul 21, 2011 at 21:54 IST

Congrats DRDO , but we need to still speed up the process in other projects also

from:  Bhaskar
Posted on: Jul 21, 2011 at 19:07 IST

Congratulation DRDO for test firing short range missile.

from:  Shyam nandan kumar
Posted on: Jul 21, 2011 at 16:48 IST

Congrats for the success but our troubled neighborhood demands more.

from:  Sivasathivel
Posted on: Jul 21, 2011 at 13:32 IST

Congratulation to whole DRDO team. We must develop our own system to avoid any dependency.

from:  Janak B. Bhatt
Posted on: Jul 21, 2011 at 12:44 IST
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