Science & Technology
By Sandeep nagyaan · 23 Sep 2018
A new surface-to-surface missile called “Prahaar” was successfully test-fired on Thursday for the first time from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa.The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Prahaar (meaning “to strike”) in two years, to specifically bridge the gap in the range between the unguided Pinaka rocket, which has a range of 45 km, and the guided Prithvi missile variants, that can take out targets 250 km to 350 km away.
Features of Parhar:- (1) The Prahaar missile has a strike range of 150 km. Fuelled by solid propellant, it is about 7.32 meters long and its diameter is 420 mm. Its launch weight is about 1.28 ton and it can carry a payload of 200 kg. (2) Having a strike range of 150 km, Prahaar has no parallel in the world in its range category. It fills the vital gap between multi-barrel rocket Pinaka and medium-range ballistic missile Prithvi. Unlike Prithvi, it can engage multiple targets in different directions. (3) The missile capable of carrying different types of warheads will operate as battlefield support system to the Indian Army.
Special features of this missile:- (1) Strike range is 150 km. (2) Small, lean and slim having a length of 7.32 meter and diameter 420 mm. (3) Weighs around 1.28 tonne. (4) Can carry warhead up to 200 kg. (5) Uses solid propellant and travels at a speed of Mach 2. (6) Highly manoeuvring with better accuracy. (7) Launcher can carry six missiles having different kind of warheads meant for different targets. (8) Can be fired in salvo mode in all directions covering the entire azimuth plane.