The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday successfully conducted the maiden flight test of indigenously developed surface-to-surface missile 'Pralay', from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
"The mission has met all its objectives. The new missile followed the desired quasi ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree accuracy, validating the control, guidance, and mission algorithms," the Union Ministry of Defence said in a statement.
"All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily. All the sensors deployed near the impact point across the eastern coast, including the downrange ships, tracked the missile trajectory and captured all the events," it added.
The is powered by a solid-propellant rocket motor and many new technologies. "The missile has a range of 150-500 kilometres and can be launched from a mobile launcher. The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics," the statement said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and associated teams for this maiden development flight trial.
Sources said the advanced missile has been designed to defeat interceptor missiles. It has the ability to change its path mid-flight after covering certain range.