SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVE / TRENDS -

Pra­gati, a mod­i­fied only-for-ex­port vari­ant of the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s (DRDO) new­est tac­ti­cal sur­face-to-sur­face bat­tle­field mis­sile Pra­haar, will be un­veiled at the In­ter­na­tional Aero­space and De­fence Ex­hi­bi­tion sched­uled to be held at Seoul, South Korea, from Oc­to­ber 29-Novem­ber 3, 2013, where more than 30 coun­tries are par­tic­i­pat­ing.

The Pra­gati, with a stated range of 60-170 km stands to be pre­sented over two years af­ter the Pra­haar was first tested and ad­ver­tised to fill the “vi­tal gap be­tween multi-bar­rel rock­ets and medium-range bal­lis­tic mis­siles”. Iden­ti­cal in most re­spects to the Pra­haar, the Pra­gati will be a road-mo­bile sys­tem, with the mis­sile 7.3 me­ters long and with a di­am­e­ter of 420 mm weigh­ing 1,280 kg, and a sin­gle stage solid propul­sion sys­tem goes to a height of 35 km be­fore reach­ing the tar­gets of the range of up to 170 km in just over 250 sec­onds. The mis­sile equipped with state-of-the-art high ac­cu­racy nav­i­ga­tion, guid­ance and electro­mechan­i­cal ac­tu­a­tion sys­tems with lat­est on­board com­puter achieved ter­mi­nal ac­cu­racy of less than 10 me­tres. The mis­sile with a pay­load of 200 kg has a fast re­ac­tion time, es­sen­tial for the bat­tle­field tac­ti­cal mis­sile. The road mo­bile sys­tem which can carry six mis­siles at a time, can be fired in salvo mode in all di­rec­tions cov­er­ing the en­tire az­imuth plane.

Ac­cord­ing to DRDO, “In­dia will for the first time dis­play dur­ing an in­ter­na­tional event its lat­est state-of-the-art weapon sys­tems, plat­forms, sen­sors, com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems and equip­ment de­signed and de­vel­oped by DRDO.”

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