• India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahaar’ from the Odisha coast Thursday amid heavy rains.
• ‘Prahar’, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
• It is capable of filling the gap between the multi-barrel rocket system ‘Pinaka’ and medium-range ballistic missile ‘Prithvi’.
• It can also engage multiple targets in different directions, official sources said.
Important highlights of the test launch
• The test launch was successful as the missile travelled a range of 200 km before zeroing in on the target, achieving all mission objectives.
• The sophisticated missile was test-launched from launch pad-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at about 1.35 pm. It was launched from a mobile launcher, they said.
• It is a solid-fuelled short-range missile fitted with inertial navigation system, they said.
• The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, guidance and electromechanical actuation systems with advanced on board computer.
• It is a quick-reaction, all-weather, all-terrain, highly accurate battlefield support tactical weapon system, the sources said.
• Various tracking radars as well as electro-optic equipment were engaged to track and monitor the missiles trajectory, they said.
• The DRDO successfully flight tested the indigenously developed surface-to-surface tactical missile ‘Prahar’, from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Balasore.
• Defence Minister said that the indigenously developed Prahar will further strengthen our defence capabilities.
• Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat and DRDO chairman G. Satheesh Reddy witnessed the launch and complimented all the team members.
• Prior to the missile’s test launch, 4,494 people residing within two km radius of launch pad-3 at Chandipur were temporarily evacuated to nearby shelters, officials said.
• As a safety measure, 4,494 people residing in five villages adjacent to the missile launch site were temporarily shifted by the district administration to nearby two shelters with compensation.
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