The Tactical Ballistic Missiles are the Ballistic Missiles Designed for Short-Range battlefield use.Typically the range of these missiles are less than 300 kilometres (190 mi). Tactical ballistic missiles are usually mobile to ensure survivability and quick deployment, as well as carrying a variety of warheads to target enemy facilities, assembly areas, artillery, and other targets behind the front lines.
Warheads can include conventional high explosive, chemical, biological, or nuclear warheads. Typically tactical nuclear weapons are limited in their total yield compared to strategic rockets.
The Prahaar is a short-range, solid propellant, road-mobile ballistic missile designed for tactical strikes against close range targets.
The development of the missile was carried out by the DRDO scientists in a span of less than two years.The missile fills the short-range tactical battlefield missile role as required by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force, to take out strategic and tactical targets.
The missile has a length of 7.3 m, a body diameter of 0.42 m, and a launch weight of 1,280 kg. It can carry a 200 kg payload with planned nuclear, HE, and submunition options. The Missile is integrated with Inertial navigation System for detecting the location of its targets.IT is also incorporated with Terminal Active radar Homing Missile Guidance system that autonomously find and track target. It can travel up to 150 km and is propelled by a single-stage solid propellant engine. The Prahaar is carried by the TATRA Transporter-Erector-Launcher vehicle and can hold six missiles per truck. Each missile is believed to be vertically launched and they can be launched in salvo mode for multiple azimuth attacks. Some reports also suggest that reloads can happen quickly, allowing what could be called a “ripple firing mode.”
In 2013, reports surfaced that suggested that the Prahaar would replace the short range Prithvi-1 when it was declared operational. India’s acceptance to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) has also paved the way to export a version of the missile, the Pragati, which was displayed at a defense exhibition in South Korea in 2014.
PRAHAR MISSILE AT A GLANCE
Class: Short-Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM)
Length: 7.3 m
Diameter: 0.42 m
Launch Weight: 1,280 kg
Payload: Single warhead, 200 kg
Warhead: Nuclear, HE, submunitions
Propulsion: Single-stage solid propellant
Range: 150 km