Defence Ministry nods to buy Pralay Ballistic Missiles

Current Affairs, Security Issues

The purchase of a regiment of Pralay ballistic missiles, intended for deployment along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the Line of Control (LoC), has been approved by the Defense Ministry. A ballistic missile will be introduced to the services for conventional operations for the first time.

Pralay Missile: Key Features

Strike Range150 to 500 kilometers
Payload Capacity150 to 500 kilometres
Warhead VariabilityHigh explosive preformed fragmentation warheads, penetration-cum-blast (PCB)
warheads, runaway denial penetration submunitions (RDPS)
ClassificationQuasi-ballistic surface-to-surface missile
ManeuverabilityMid-flight trajectory alteration capability
PropulsionSolid propellant rocket motor with advanced guidance systems
Global ComparisonsComparable to China’s Dong Feng 12 and Russia’s Iskander missile
Development HistoryDevelopment was initiated around 2015, with significant progress during the tenure of General Bipin Rawat as Chief of Army Staff

Strategic significance

  • Longest Range: ‘Pralay’ will become the Army’s surface-to-surface missile with the greatest range.
  • Strategic Role: The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile and “Pralay” will play key roles in India’s proposed rocket force, enhancing the country’s strategic stance.
  • Imperative: Ballistic missiles have already been deployed by China and Pakistan for tactical objectives, leading India to purchase “Pralay” missiles.

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