Dismiss Notice
Welcome to IDF- Indian Defence Forum , register for free to join this friendly community of defence enthusiastic from around the world. Make your opinion heard and appreciated.

PRALAY: India’s New Under Development Conventional Strike Surface-to-Surface Missile

Discussion in 'Indian Military Doctrine' started by Agent_47, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,958
    Likes Received:
    5,856
    Country Flag:
    India
    Except perhaps for some Prithvi short range ballistic missile (SRBM) units, India’s pool of ballistic missiles (BMs) are essentially meant for strategic strike purposes. With China’s People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) fielding a sizeable inventory of conventionally armed BMs in Tibet, the Indian Army (IA) wants to deploy symmetric counters to the same. At the moment, the only means for the IA to strike targets at distances of close to 500 km is the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile (CM), which though deadly accurate, can carry a payload of only about 200 kg or so, besides being somewhat expensive. As such, the IA in recent times has felt the need for a SRBM with a range of around 500 km that can also carry a sizeable payload. It is to address this requirement that the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is currently developing a new conventional strike surface to surface missile (SSM) called the Pralay.



    The project for the design and development of Pralay was sanctioned in March 2015 for a sum of Rs 332.88 crores. The lead DRDO laboratory for this project is the Research Center Imara , Hyderabad which has now emerged as a ‘full’ systems laboratory.





    The Design

    Pralay is essentially a derivative of the PDV exo-atmospheric interceptor with commonality of airframe and some of the avionics as well. Like the PDV, Pralay’s propulsion system too uses solid fuels that can function in a wide range of temperatures and allow the missile to have a long shelf-life. As such, Pralay is a canisterized system that will be able to strike targets out to 500 km with a payload of around 800 kg. The canister itself is probably designed by DRDO’s Advanced Systems Laboratory.



    While Pralay’s on-board inertial navigation system (INS) is capable of receiving multi-constellation satellite updates, the missile is believed to have an accuracy of sub-10 metre CEP even without updates to remove accumulated errors. With its PDV heritage, Pralay will be rather maneuverable and capable of quasi-ballistic flight profiles.



    Interestingly, if both the PDV and Pralay could be produced in tandem, one could potentially experience greater economies of scale thereby bringing down costs associated with both sets of systems. In a manner of speaking, a part of the total R&D costs of Pralay have in any case been amortized by those expended on developing the PDV interceptor.



    The Role

    A conventional strike BM, Pralay is supposed to level the playing field for the Indian military in any engagement with the Chinese. While the Indian Air Force (IAF) has the edge in the skies over the People’s Liberation Army Air Force(PLAAF) in various sectors along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) due to the proximity of its bases to the frontier and the fact that they are in the plains, it is also true that Indian airbases are vulnerable to missile attacks by the PLARF. Waves of such attacks could put Indian airbases out of commission for some hours at a stretch and it is important that the IA is not left completely devoid of the means to attack enemy centers of gravity during those periods. Moreover, massed Pralay attacks on Chinese airbases can also serve to curtail the PLAAF’s sortie rate in certain sectors thereby levelling the playing field for the IAF.



    When?

    Pralay is headed into developmental flight testing at the moment and is expected to be offered for user trials by next year.



    Saurav Jha is the Editor-in-Chief of Delhi Defence Review. Follow him on twitter @SJha1618

    http://www.delhidefencereview.com/2...nventional-strike-surface-to-surface-missile/

    @randomradio @PARIKRAMA @Gessler @GSLV Mk III @Levina @Abingdonboy @nair @Sancho @vstol jockey
     
  2. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,958
    Likes Received:
    5,856
    Country Flag:
    India
    This will have similar role of Iskander-M missile of russia. It will be highly maneuverable short range ballistic missile capable to evade intercepter.
     
  3. zebra7

    zebra7 Captain FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2016
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    1,250
    Country Flag:
    India
    Is it equivalent to Prahaar
     
  4. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,958
    Likes Received:
    5,856
    Country Flag:
    India
    No, Prahaar is very short range tactical (<150km) while Pralay will have ~500km range. Army is not interested in Prahaar. It was a reactionary development to the nasr missile of Pakistan.
     
    Abingdonboy likes this.
  5. zebra7

    zebra7 Captain FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2016
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    1,250
    Country Flag:
    India
    Any details, whether it is a Ballastic Missile or have a depressed trajectory, since we already have such capability.

    Also, the reason given above in the article is not impressing me. The best weapon to attack the chinese Air bases would be the stealthy subsonic cruise missile aka Nirbhay and should be much cheaper than this.
     
    Bloom 17 likes this.
  6. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,958
    Likes Received:
    5,856
    Country Flag:
    India
    It will have similar role of Iskander-M missile. Nirbhay is not stealthy and it will be easy intercepted at terminal stage. Saturation attack of Pralay might be the use case here.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. zebra7

    zebra7 Captain FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2016
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    1,250
    Country Flag:
    India

    What is the need for this, when Shaurya was already developed by the DRDO https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaurya_(missile)

    But was never inducted in the IA the reason, India being Nuclear capable nation and inducting such weapon will lower the nuclear threshold.
     
  8. zebra7

    zebra7 Captain FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2016
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    1,250
    Country Flag:
    India
    According to the Prasun Pralay project is actually the development of the Lottering Missile with the supersonic PGM and act as the mother cruise missile that can deliver the weapons and have more lottering time than the Brahmos or Nirbhay. Pralay be not be used for attacking air bases or radar stations. Pralay’s targets are those ground-based weapons that can be ground-launched within a 2-hour timeframe. Pralay is the same as the ‘Boomerang’ that’s been touted by some others.
     
  9. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,958
    Likes Received:
    5,856
    Country Flag:
    India
    Yeah, he is funny :LMAO:

    Shaurya is ground launch version of K-15 which army never asked for.
     
    zebra7 and nik141993 like this.
  10. bharathp

    bharathp Developers Guild IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2016
    Messages:
    746
    Likes Received:
    1,402
    Country Flag:
    India
    how many things did the DRDO come up with that was never asked for by the Army?
     
  11. ranadd

    ranadd 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2016
    Messages:
    319
    Likes Received:
    317
    Country Flag:
    India
    Please don't take this as a joke, but a lot. The numbers are not in public for obvious reasons.

    Also, DRDO takes request from various state & government agencies and do shit that is not in their implied or explicit mandate.
     
  12. bharathp

    bharathp Developers Guild IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2016
    Messages:
    746
    Likes Received:
    1,402
    Country Flag:
    India
    not taking anything as a joke here. learning about new things or learning about peoples opinions that may not be the same as mine.

    GOI need to create list of things that DRDO is doing and keep track of that stuff.. seriously need to keep them accountable somewhere.
     
  13. Agent_47

    Agent_47 Admin - Blog IDF NewBie

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2011
    Messages:
    2,958
    Likes Received:
    5,856
    Country Flag:
    India
    As I said, it's ground version of K-15. DRDO offered it to Strategic/Army. It's their decision. It's a logical move by DRDO.
     
    Abingdonboy likes this.
  14. Echo_419

    Echo_419 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2016
    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    128
    Country Flag:
    India
    That doesn't sound right
     
  15. zebra7

    zebra7 Captain FULL MEMBER

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2016
    Messages:
    1,229
    Likes Received:
    1,250
    Country Flag:
    India
    Yes, but then I remember the vision and the dream of Dr. APJ Kalam with the reusable missile, and the scientists of the DRDO vow to deliver that. The reusable concept is pretty not possible, but it could be a remote UAV in the form of the missile which is called Pralay, which have the capability to lotteir and deliver the payload to multiple targets. This pretty much matches with the vision.
     

Share This Page