On its tense borders with China and Pakistan, India intends to station 120 tactical missiles, a news agency said on Monday.
However, experts say the announcement is more likely a response to domestic opposition that has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being weak-kneed before alleged Chinese aggression.
The government has declined to allow a parliamentary discussion of the matter. A reminder in the report that read like a missile promotion was obvious.
However, the Pralay ballistic missile has only been used in two tests as of yet, it added. Due to the need to create supporting transportable platforms for the ballistic missile, this could imply that the missile would not be operational for at least a few years.
According to reports, India has given the go-ahead for the purchase of 120 Pralay missiles, which would be stationed along its borders with China and Pakistan.
A defence source was quoted by the news agency ANI as saying that “a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry cleared the acquisition of approximately 120 missiles for the armed forces and their deployment along the borders.”
According to reports, Pralay missiles can strike targets up to 500 kilometres away and are challenging to intercept since they may alter their course.
Pralay is a tactical, surface-to-surface, short-range ballistic missile that was domestically developed and is frequently likened to the Russian Iskander missiles.
According to reports, the missile was shot from a canister and followed the specified quasi-ballistic trajectory before striking the target with incredible accuracy, verifying the control, guidance, and mission algorithms.
Even while it has been said that Pralay is based on the Indian ballistic missile Prithvi, the reports state that it has been compared more to the Russian Iskander ballistic missiles, which have been heavily used against Ukraine and have proven their combat prowess.
The Indian military’s decision to purchase the Pralay missile is noteworthy since it coincides with high-level discussions about the creation of a rocket force for the Indian Army within the Indian Defence Ministry.
According to rumours, the Pralay missile will give the Indian Army the ability to attack Chinese military installations and infrastructure with dual purposes on the Tibetan Plateau.