India on September 20, 2018 successfully test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-surface, short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahaar’ from the Odisha coast.
The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was test-launched from launch pad-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, near Balasore. It is capable of filling the gap between the multi-barrel rocket system ‘Pinaka’ and medium-range ballistic missile ‘Prithvi’.
1. The test launch was successful, as the missile travelled a range of 200 km before zeroing in on the target, achieving all mission objectives.
2. The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation, guidance and electromechanical actuation systems with an advanced onboard computer.
3. It is fitted with an inertial navigation system and is capable of engaging multiple targets in different directions.
4. Further, the missile is a quick-reaction, all-weather, all-terrain and highly accurate battlefield support tactical weapon system.
5. The DRDO used various tracking radars as well as electro-optic equipment to track and monitor the trajectory of the missile.
6. As a safety measure, 4,494 people residing in five villages adjacent to the missile launch site were temporarily shifted by the district administration before the launch to nearby two shelters with compensation.
7. The people returned to their houses after getting clearance from ITR authorities soon after the test was over.