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India completes 2nd test of Pralay ballistic missile in as many days

India's Pralay ballistic missile test
Photo: DRDO

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed a second flight-test of the indigenous ‘Pralay’ surface-to-surface ballistic missile.

The second test, taking place from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha on December 23, took place just a day after the first one.

On December 22, Pralay followed the desired quasi ballistic trajectory and reached the designated target with high degree accuracy, DRDO said, adding that the new missile validated the control, guidance and mission algorithms.

In the second test on December 23, Pralay was tested for heavier payload and different range to prove the precision and lethality of the weapon.

The agency added that both launches were monitored by all the range sensors and instruments, including telemetry, radar and electro-optic tracking systems deployed across the eastern coast and the down range ships positioned near the impact point.

“For the first time, two consecutive flight tests of a ballistic missile have been conducted successfully on two consecutive days. The flight test met all the mission objectives. This launch proves the system in both the configurations of the missile,” a DRDO statement said.

India’s newly-developed conventional ballistic missile is powered by a solid propellant rocket motor and has a range between 150 and 500 kilometers. The missile can be launched from a mobile launcher.

Below are the videos of the two launches shared by DRDO: