The Defense Ministry has approved a project to purchase 120 Pralay tactical ballistic missiles for troops deployed along China’s border. This is the first time in military history that a government has authorized the use of ballistic missiles in tactical operations.
“The project to create a missile force has been boosted as a proposal to purchase about 120 Plale ballistic missiles has been approved by a defense ministry high-level meeting,” a senior government official said. The missile is now in mass production and should be ready for use in the near future, they said.The project will provide a significant boost to the military’s efforts to develop a strategic missile force, as advocated by the Pentagon Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat.
Admiral R. Hari Kumar, Navy Chief recently said the late General Bipin Rawat was working on creating a missile force to counter border enemies.The missile passed two successful tests on two consecutive days last December, and since then the military has been working towards its procurement and deployment. Pralay, which has a range of 150-500 kilometers, solid rockets powered by his motors and other new technologies. The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation and integrated avionics. “The Pralay is a surface-to-surface semi-ballistic missile. Advanced missiles were designed to defeat interceptor missiles. It has the ability to change course after moving a certain distance in the air,” the source said.