Pralay Missile

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India is going to buy 250 more Pralay ballistic missiles for the services to strengthen them on the northern borders, further boosting the firepower of the defence forces.

About Pralay Missile: 

  • 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.

What are 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 a Solid propellant?

Solid propellant is a type of rocket fuel that is made up of a mixture of a fuel and an oxidizer that are blended together into a solid form. When ignited, the solid propellant burns rapidly, generating a high-temperature and high-pressure gas that is expelled from the rocket nozzle to provide thrust.

Source: Defence forces to acquire 250 more Pralay ballistic missiles for China front