GS Paper - 3 (Defence Technology)

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on 22 December 2021 successfully conducted the maiden flight test of indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile 'Pralay', from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

About the Missile

  1. The new missile followed the desired quasi ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree accuracy, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms.
  2. All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily. All the sensors deployed near the impact point across the eastern coast, including the downrange ships, tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events.
  3. The missile is powered by a solid-propellant rocket motor and many new technologies.
  4. The missile has a range of 150-500 kilometres and can be launched from a mobile launcher.
  5. The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics.
  6. The advanced missile has been developed in a way to be able to defeat interceptor missiles. It has the ability to change its path after covering a certain range mid-air.