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December 23, 2021

India’s DRDO conducts first flight test of Pralay missile

All sub-systems of the surface-to-surface missile displayed a satisfactory performance in the test.

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced the successful first test launch of the new generation surface-to-surface missile, Pralay. 

Conducted by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the flight test took place from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast of Odisha on 22 December.

All the mission objectives were met with “high accuracy” and the missile followed quasi ballistic trajectory.

It reached the destined target, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms of the missile and satisfactory performance of all its sub-systems, MoD stated.

According to the MoD, all the sensors deployed near the impact point across the eastern coast monitored the missile trajectory and captured all the activities.

Equipped with solid propellant rocket motor and advanced technologies, the missile can be launched from a mobile launcher. It has a range of 150km-500km.

The missile guidance system features advanced navigation system and integrated avionics.

DRDO chairman G Satheesh Reddy congratulated the team and said that the latest technologies-equipped weapon system’s induction “will give the necessary impetus to the armed forces”.

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated DRDO and related teams.

Recently, DRDO conducted the second flight test of the new generation nuclear capable ballistic missile, Agni-P.

This firing demonstrated performance of all the advanced technologies integrated within the system.

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