missile, which will fill the gap for such a battlefield weapon system
in India’s missile arsenal, is all set to be flight-tested on July 17.
This was stated here on Saturday by Scientific Adviser to the Defence
Minister and Director General, Defence Research and Development
Organisation, V.K. Saraswat after inaugurating a new facility of
Analogic Controls India Ltd. (ACIL) that manufactures electronic systems
for mission critical defence and space applications.
Talking to journalists, Dr. Saraswat said the 150 km-range missile would
replace unguided rockets and “is going to be an excellent weapon.” It
would bridge the gap between Pinaka, a 40-km range multi-barrel rocket
system, and the 350-km Prithvi-II, which had been converted into a
strategic missile. Unguided rockets of 90-km range had also been
imported from Russia.
Dr. Saraswat said that at present the services did not have a weapon
such as Prahaar. The missile would be equipped with omni-directional
warheads and could be used for hitting both tactical and strategic
targets. The road-mobile system could be pulled out for quick deployment
with each launcher carrying six missiles. “With different types of
warheads, you can have different types of missiles from the same
launcher,” he added.
Stating that the DRDO-developed missile was cost-effective, Dr. Saraswat
said that only a few would be required to cause devastation equivalent
to that produced by several unguided rockets. Initially, the missile
would be given to the Army and later to other services.
Replying to a question, he said India’s longest range,
surface-to-surface Agni-V missile would be flight-tested by the year-end
as scheduled earlier.
Avinash Chander, Chief Controller, (Missile & Strategic Systems),
DRDO, said the most “critical milestone’ — the testing of three
propulsion motors for the first, second and third stages of the missile —