The Indian Army has successfully test-fired its surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile Prahaar from Chandipur, Odisha.

Fired from Launch Complex-III at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Balasore, range stations and electro-optical systems tracked the indigenously built weapon system throughout its journey during testing.

The missile was reported to have travelled a range of 200km before hitting its simulated target, thereby successfully achieving all mission objectives, reported PTI.

Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the Prahar missile is a contemporary weapon system capable of carrying a number of different warheads, nuclear, high-explosives (HE) and submunitions.

In addition, the Indian Army weapon is capable of engaging and successfully neutralising a wide range of targets in different directions.

“According to official sources, the missile has been designed and developed to replace the short range Prithvi-1 weapon system.”

Congratulating DRDO, the Indian Army, local industries and other team members for the successful completion of the test-launch, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the “indigenously developed Prahaar will further strengthen our defence capabilities.”

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The 7.3m-long Prahaar weapon system has a body diameter of 0.42m, a launch weight of 1,280kg and is capable of carrying a payload of 200kg with planned nuclear, HE and submunition options, according to data by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

According to official sources, the missile has been designed and developed to replace the short-range Prithvi-1 weapon system.

Propelled by a single-stage solid propellant engine, Prahaar is carried by the TATRA Transporter-Erector-Launcher vehicle, each of which can accommodate six missiles.