Pralay missile

DEC 23

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Why in news?

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully conducted the second flight test of indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile ‘Pralay’ from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.

About Pralay:

  • Pralay is a canisterised surface-to-surface tactical short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) for battlefield use developed by DRDO
  • The missile is the amalgamation of technologies developed for exoatmospheric interceptor missile Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) from Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme and Prahaar tactical missile
  • It has a range of 150 to 500 kilometre, depending on payload, and can be launched from a mobile launcher.
  • Pralay is a solid fuel missile that follows a quasi-ballistic trajectory and can perform mid-air manoeuvres using maneuverable reentry vehicle (MaRV) to defeat anti-ballistic missile (ABM) interceptors.
  • Pralay can carry 350 kg to 700 kg high explosive preformed fragmentation warhead


  • Since, most of the available short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) in India are of strategic purpose which can raise false alarm of nuclear strike in a conventional warfare scenario.
  • The Pralay missile is specifically developed to be highly mobile and meet the conventional tactical ballistic missile requirement of the Indian Army


With reference to ‘Pralay missile’, consider the following statements:

1. It has a range of 6000 kilometre

2. It is indigenously developed by DRDO

3. It is specifically developed to meet the conventional tactical ballistic missile requirement.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1,2 and 3