NEW DELHI ($1=82.65 Indian Rupees) — India intends to deploy surface-to-surface missiles along the entire border with Pakistan. These are Pralay Quasi-bilistic missiles. The Indian Ministry of Defense has already announced its purchase. Delivery is expected in the coming months. Not all missiles will be located along the border with Pakistan, however. Some of the Pralay missiles will be along the border with China as well.
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Pralay is an Indian quasi-ballistic missile. She has already passed several successful tests in recent months. According to the Indian characteristics, this missile’s operational range is 500 km. This categorizes it as a short-range ballistic missile. The missile is launched from a launcher and follows a quasi-ballistic trajectory.
According to the Indian developers who are DRDO, Parlay works in all weather conditions. Some missile launcher radars experience problems in bad weather conditions. India thinks it has solved this problem and shields the radar with a specially made fused silica dome [RADOME]. The RADOME not only protects the radar from bad weather conditions but also helps its continued functionality by allowing it to continuously receive electromagnetic signals.
The Pralay can carry varying payloads ranging from 350 to 750 kg, Indian sources said. According to them, the preparation for the launch of the rocket takes place in a very short time.
Some Indian experts have compared India’s Pralay quasi-ballistic missile with the Russian Iskander-M missile of the same type. There are quite a few similarities, for example, with the 9K720 Iskander-M version. The 9K720 Iskander-M carries a payload of just over 680 kg. Depending on the size of the payload, Iskander-M can also reach a range of about 400 km.
Despite the similarities, Iskander-M differs from its Indian competitor. For example, the Russian missile uses an Optical Digital Scene Matching Area Correlator [DSMAC] to identify targets, while the Pralay does not.
This means that the Russian missile can perform in-flight correlation of the areas of sensed ground targets. I.e. in simple terms – higher precision compared to the Indian missile.
But the navigation system of both the missiles is also the same, which gives them more similarities than differences. The navigation system is an inertial navigation system [INS] or satellite navigation.
But Iskander-M, unlike the Indian missile, is more difficult to intercept. The reason – the Russian missile has an integrated TERCOM system. I.e. matches the terrain contour. This also increases the accuracy of the Russian missile compared to its Indian equivalent.
The news of the purchase of 120 Pralay cruise missiles is good news for India and the Indian Army. Bulgarianmilitary.com recalls that in recent months, the Indian Ministry of Defense has been making plans for the future development of Indian missile forces and capabilities.
India is expected to classify the Pralay as a tactical weapon system for the Indian Army, along with the BrahMos missile. Apart from the threat from Pakistan, India believes the Pralay missile will allow the Indian military to target Chinese dual-use infrastructure and military bases on the Tibetan Plateau.
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