Pralay Flight-Tested

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The first successful test flight of the Pralay short-range surface-to-surface missile took place on 22 December.

Highlights:

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha was used to test the Pralay ballistic missile.
The missile followed the desired quasi-ballistic trajectory and landed with pinpoint accuracy on the designated target. As a result, the control, guidance, and mission algorithms were validated.
Pralay is a surface-to-surface, short-range ballistic missile with a canister (SRBM). It was created by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for use on the battlefield. 
This missile combines technologies developed for the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) exoatmospheric interceptor missile and the Prahaar tactical missile. 
Pralay development was approved in March 2015 with a budget of Rs 332.88 crore.
Around 2015, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) began working on this project. Pralay was the name given to the missile later on.

Features 

Pralay can hit the target with an accuracy of about 10 meters or less at a range of 150 to 500 kilometers.
It can be started with the help of a mobile launcher.
It is equipped with a guidance system that includes cutting-edge navigation mechanisms and integrated avionics.
It’s a solid-fuel missile with a quasi-ballistic flight path.
For defeating anti-ballistic missile (ABM) interceptors, the missile can perform mid-air maneuvers using a maneuverable reentry vehicle (MaRV).
It can carry high explosive preformed fragmentation warheads weighing 350 kg to 700 kg, as well as Runway Denial Penetration Submunition (RDPS) and Penetration-Cum-Blast (PCB).

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