Pralay Ballistic Missiles

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Recently, the Defence Ministry has cleared the proposal of buying a regiment of Pralay tactical ballistic missiles for the Indian Army.

About Pralay Ballistic Missiles

  • It is a quasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile.
  • Range: It can hit targets 150-500 km away.
  • Capacity: The missile can carry 350-700 kg of high-grade explosives.
  • It is developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO)
  • It is powered by a solid propellant rocket motor and other new technologies.
  • The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation and integrated avionics.
  • It can change its path after covering a certain range in mid-air.


Key Facts about Ballistic Missiles

  • These are launched directly into the upper layers of the earth’s atmosphere.
  • They travel outside the atmosphere, where the warhead detaches from the missile and falls towards a predetermined target.
  • They are rocket-propelled self-guided weapons systems which can carry conventional or nuclear munitions. They can be launched from aircraft, ships and submarines, and land.


Q1) What is DRDO?

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is an agency of the Indian government responsible for the research and development of military technology and equipment for the Indian Armed Forces. Established in 1958, DRDO's primary mission is to enhance the self-reliance of India in defense technology and to develop cutting-edge defense systems.

Source: Defence ministry clears proposal to buy Pralay ballistic missiles for Army